Pablo Picasso, ‘Fireplace Study’, 1945, Spalding Nix Fine Art
Pablo Picasso, ‘Fireplace Study’, 1945, Spalding Nix Fine Art
Pablo Picasso, ‘Fireplace Study’, 1945, Spalding Nix Fine Art
Pablo Picasso, ‘Fireplace Study’, 1945, Spalding Nix Fine Art
Pablo Picasso, ‘Fireplace Study’, 1945, Spalding Nix Fine Art

Although the occupying Nazis barred Picasso from exhibiting his work, Picasso stayed in Paris during World War II. Picasso was often harassed by the Gestapo. During one search of his apartment, an officer saw a photograph of the painting Guernica. "Did you do that?" the German asked Picasso. "No," he replied, "You did."

Having retreated to his attic studio at 7 Rue des Grands Augustins, Picasso now age 63 executed this drawing of logs burning in his studio’s furnace on January 7, 1945, as the Battle of the Bulge raged in northern Europe.

Signature: Dated lower left “7 Janvier 45”

This drawing is included in 'Pablo Picasso par Christian Zervos,' known by many simply as ‘the Zervos,’ which remains the most trusted reference for the works of Picasso. 'The Zervos' is an extensive catalogue of Picasso’s paintings and drawings, presenting over 16,000 images in thirty-three volumes. Prepared by Cahiers d’art founder Christian Zervos in direct collaboration with Picasso, the Zervos was published between 1932 and 1978. This drawing is included in Volume 14 (Oeuvres de 1944 a 1946) as item number 60 and illustrated on page 29.

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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