Pablo Picasso, ‘Homme à l’oiseau et joueur de diaule’, 1958, Michael Hoppen Gallery

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This unique print was made by Picasso in 1958 using an original photograph taken by André Villers. It was purchased by the poet André Verdet in St Paul de Vence. From there it was exhibited Galeria Civica d’Arte in Moderna in Torino. It was subsequently acquired by Fernado Guereta and passed on down through the family to its present owner. The pair to this work was recently exhibited in Cannes as part of a wider show which included photographic based works by Picasso. The work is illustrated in ‘Picasso. Chef -d’oevre published by the Musée National Picasso -, Paris, Plates 84/85.

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