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Pablo Picasso

Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu (B. 82-94; Ba. 123-45), 1931

The complete book edition, comprising 13 etchings, with text by Honoré de Balzac
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Numbered 99, from the edition of 305, loose (as issued), on Rives wove paper, printed by Fort, …

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Numbered 99, from the edition of 305, loose (as issued), on Rives wove paper, printed by Fort, published by Vollard, Paris, contained in the original paper wrapper, salmon-colored paper boards and slipcase (13 prints).

plates: 194 by 278 mm 7 5/8 by 11 in
overall: 268 by 340 by 50 mm 10 1/2 by 13 3/8 by 2 in

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Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881–1973
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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.

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Numbered 99, from the edition of 305, loose (as issued), on Rives wove paper, printed by Fort, …

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Numbered 99, from the edition of 305, loose (as issued), on Rives wove paper, printed by Fort, published by Vollard, Paris, contained in the original paper wrapper, salmon-colored paper boards and slipcase (13 prints).

plates: 194 by 278 mm 7 5/8 by 11 in
overall: 268 by 340 by 50 mm 10 1/2 by 13 3/8 by 2 in

Medium
Print
Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881–1973
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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.

Pablo Picasso

Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu (B. 82-94; Ba. 123-45), 1931

The complete book edition, comprising 13 etchings, with text by Honoré de Balzac
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