Pablo Picasso, ‘Le cocu magnifique (The Magnificent Cuckold)’, 1968, Phillips

One portfolio: 20 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (51.5 x 40 cm)
One portfolio: 16 1/8 x 12 1/4 in. (41 x 31 cm)
From the Catalogue:
Ernest Beyeler famously recalls Picasso's quote about the difficulty of the aquatint technique and how he praised Piero’s ability by saying: “You know, it is not easy, it’s much more complicated than fitting Versailles in a matchbox”
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed by the artist and author in pencil on the title page and numbered 'VI', and all of the prints from the suite with wider margins each signed and numbered 'II/X' in pencil (one of 10 in Roman numerals, there were also 30 in Arabic numerals and an edition of 150 without the added suite), printed and published by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris.

Georges Bloch 1244-1255
Brigitte Baer 1432-1443
see Patrick Cramer books 140

Piero Crommelynck Collection, Paris

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