Pablo Picasso, ‘Hercule tue le Centaure Nessus  - From "Le Métamorphoses d'Ovide"’, 1930, Wallector

Original price : 1200 euro
Original etching by Pablo Picasso from the portfolio "Les Métamorphose d'Ovide" published by Skira in 1930. Edition of 145 prints.

In Greek Mithology, Nessus was a centaur son of Ission and Nephele who tried to rape Heracles' wife Deianira. He was hit by an arrow of the hero but before he died he gave the woman a filter with his own blood. In the etching, there are three figures representing the death of Nessus. At the top, there are Hercules and Deianira while below is located Nessus dead. Hercules figure presents the typical iconographic characteristics and attributes: the beard, the curly hair and the cudgel.

Series: Les Métamorphose d'Ovide

Publisher: Skira

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