Pablo Picasso, ‘Figure’, 1947, Koller Auctions

Mirror-dated in the plate lower right by an unknown hand: dimanche 20.4.47. Numbered in pencil lower centre: 88, as well as titled, numbered and dedicated in pencil on the reverse by an unknown hand: 88 Figure - Epreuve d'exposition pour Castor fm. Image 73 x 55.8 on Arches wove paper (with the watermark) 76 x 56.7 cm.Provenance: - Galerie Hachmeister, Münster.- Private collection Switzerland. Catalog raisonné: Mourlot, no. 88.Literature: Gauss, Ulrike (ed.): Pablo Picasso. Die Lithographie. Graphikmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster. Die Sammlung Huizinga, Ostfildern-Ruit 2000, nr. 88.

Catalog raisonné: Mourlot, no. 88.Gauss, Ulrike (ed.): Pablo Picasso. Die Lithographie. Graphikmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster. Die Sammlung Huizinga, Ostfildern-Ruit 2000, nr. 88.

Galerie Hachmeister, Münster.Private collection Switzerland.

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