Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme au Fauteuil songeuse, la Joue sur la Main (S.V. 21)’, 1934, John Szoke

Engraving printed on laid Montval paper with Picasso watermark
From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 21), edition of 260
Dated "Paris 9 Mars XXXIV" in reverse in plate, upper right
Inscribed "375/218" in pencil, lower left
Stamped "HMP S.V." (Estate of Henri Petiet), lower right verso
Printed by Lacourière, 1939
Published by Vollard, 1939
Image: 11 x 7 7/8 inches
Sheet: 17 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches
Framed: 22 1/8 x 18 1/8 inches

(Bloch 218) (Baer 423)

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