Pablo Picasso, ‘Goat's Head’, 1952, Hollis Taggart

Signature: Numbered and signed lower left: "15/50 / Picasso"

Syracuse University | SUArt Galleries: Syracuse, NY, "About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17," August 18- November 20, 2016.

Literature (different prints of this image illustrated):
Baer, Brigitte. "Picasso, Peintre-graveur. Tome IV - Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé et des monotypes 1946-1958."
Ed. Bolliger, Hans. "Picasso: Graphic Works. Vol. 1 1899-1955."
Ed. Lynda Morris and Christoph Grunenberg. "Picasso: Peace and Freedom."

According to the catalogue raisonné, the artist created the following impressions of this aquatint:
9 artist's proofs (epreuves d'essai)
50 pulls on Arches paper (including the current example)
12 pulls signed and dated on the verso "Paris le 14.1.53"
3 "cuivre rayé" prints on Rives paper from 1979.

The artist
Private collection, New York. (Purchased from above 1950s)

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