Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Repos du Sculpteur et la Sculpture Surréaliste’, 1933, Robin Rile Fine Art

From La Suite Vollard, Published by A. Vollard, Paris, 1939, sold by Libreria Prandi, Reggio Emilia, Italy, with their blindstamp in the lower right sheet corner, some pale light staining recto, with some backboard staining, two small rust-spots and old adhesive hinges at the upper sheet corners on the reverse, framed P. 193 x 267 mm., S. 340 x 445 mm

Image rights: ​Robin Rile Fine Art

​Libreria Prandi, Reggio Emilia, Italy (Private Collection) Christies, London, King Street, Sale 7712, Lot 109, April 8, 2009 Martin Lawrence Galleries (Private Collection).

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