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Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sauterelle: four states (B. 358; Ba. 605)’, 1936, Sotheby's

The complete set of Baer's four states, states II through IV.A inscribed in pencil IIE., IIIE. and IV Etat respectively, state I one of nine recorded proofs, states II and III each unique recorded proofs, state IV one of seven recorded proofs before steel-facing, plate XXXI for Picasso. Eaux-fortes originales pour les textes de Buffon, state I on Montval paper, states II through IV.A on Arches wove paper, printed by Lacourière, Paris (4 prints).

plate: 415 by 315 mm 16 3/8 by 12 3/8 in
sheet (state I): 438 by 330 mm 17 2/5 by 13 in; sheets (states II-IV): 410 by 315 mm 16 1/8 by 12 3/8 in

From the Catalogue:
Baer explicitly cites these proofs and specifies the correct sheet dimensions of each.
—Courtesy of Sotheby’s

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