Pablo Picasso, ‘Fumeur barbu’, 1964, John Szoke

Sugarlift aquatint with etching printed in color à la poupée on Auvergne Richard de Bas laid with Richard de Bas watermark
One of fifteen artist's proofs, outside the edition of 50
Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right
Annotated “epreuve d'artiste” in pencil, lower left
Dated in plate in reverse, upper right
Inscribed “146462” in pencil, upper left verso
Printed by Pennequin for Crommelynck, 1964-65
Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, 1965
Image: 16 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches
Sheet: 22 1/8 x 15 7/8 inches
Framed: 28 1/16 x 23 1/16 inches

Signature: Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right

Publisher: Galerie Louise Leiris

(Bloch 1170) (Baer 1170.B.b.)

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