Pablo Picasso, ‘Degas in the Bordello, Series 156: 95. ’, ca. 1971, Via Art Gallery

Edition of 50. Series 156: 95. Degas in the Bordello (Bloch 1950, Baer 1959). Original etching, 1971. Executed 3/25/71 and approved by Picasso before his death. This etching, like the others in this series, was printed posthumously. Here Degas watches a patron of a bordello with one of the objects of his lust. Note the brutishness of the male customer in the brothel oblivious to the quiet and observant artist.

Signature: This is one of 50 numbered impressions signed with the estate signature stamp.

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France