Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme assise en tailleur: Geneviève Laporte’, 1951, Koller Auctions

Edition 170/180. Signed lower right: Picasso. Image 14.5 x 10 cm on Japan 31 x 23.3 cm. Published by Editorial Gustavo Gili, Barcelona.

Cover of "Recondant el Dr. Reventós" 1969.

Geneviève Laporte is Picasso's lover and muse from 1951. During their relationship he creates numerous works with Geneviève as his model. Many of the works from this period are dedicated to her.

The print offered here is an outstanding example of Picasso's printmaking skill. Geneviève is sitting in profile to the viewer, with crossed legs and her head resting on her hand. Her face is accentuated by the deep black areas around her head. In contrast to this the contour of her body is drawn with only few lines. Despite the reduced form Picasso uses etching very effectively to create a highly expressive print.

Image rights: Courtesy Koller Auktionen.

Catalogue raisonné:
Bloch, no. 1837.
Baer, no. 888 IIB.

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