Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe d’aprés Edouard Manet. (The Luncheon on the Grass after Edouard Manet.)’, 1962, Peter Harrington Gallery

Printed by Arnéra, Vallauris. This linocut is one of a series of radical reinterpretations of Manet's famous painting, begun by Picasso in June 1954 and continued over the next decade. By this late stage, the "Conversationalist" has lost his hair, has clearly aged, and now resembles Picasso himself, in conversation with a Victorine who could be said to resemble his wife, Jacqueline. Presented float mounted in a hand made white gold leaf frame with acrylic glazing.

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right by Picasso, numbered lower left

Publisher: Galerie Louise Leiris

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