Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme assise en tailleur: Geneviève Laporte’, 1951, John Szoke

Scraper and drypoint printed on Japon nacré
From the edition of 180 of the second (final) state
Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right.
Numbered 76/180 in pencil, lower left
Dated "23.8.51." in reverse in plate, upper right
Printed by Gustavo Gili, 1969
Published by Gustavo Gili as the frontispiece for Recordant el Dr. Reventos, 1969
Image: 5 3/8 x 4 inches
Sheet: 12 1/2 x 9 inches
Framed: 21 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches

(Bloch 1837) (Baer 888.II.B) (Cramer 147)

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