Pablo Picasso, ‘La Pique’, 1959, Opera Gallery

Signature: Dated ‘29 - 1 - 37’ (front lower left corner)

Exhibited
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Picasso, 3 Oct. 2002 - 2 Feb. 2003

Literature
Picasso 1901 - 1971, Galerie Claude Bernard, 1980, No. 15, ill. in colour
Edward Quinn, Pierre Daix, The Private Picasso, 1987, ill. p. 151 and 159
The Picasso Project, Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture. Spanish Civil War 1937 - 1939,
San Francisco 1997, No. 37-023 (a), ill. p. 11

Provenance
Estate of the Artist
E. V. Thaw, New York
Vivian Horan, New York

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