Pablo Picasso, ‘La Sérénade’, 1968, John Szoke

Sugarlift aquatint printed on Auvergne Richard de Bas laid paper with ”La Célestine” watermark
From the Suite 347 (Plate 119, La Célestine), one of 30 HCs from the edition of 400
Printed by Crommelynck, 1971
Published by Crommelynck as an illustration for Fernando de Rojas's ”La Célestine”, 1971
Image: 4 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches
Sheet: 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches
Framed: 14 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches

(Bloch 1599) (Baer 1615.B.c) (Cramer 149)

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