Pablo Picasso, ‘LE SERMENT DE FEMMES. I (The Oath of Women. I)’, 1933, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

This etching is one of ten that were originally done for the 1934 edition of the play Lysistrata that were not chosen for publication in that edition, but which were issued separately later by the Galerie Louise Leiris.

Series: A superb impression of Geiser/Baer’s fourth and final state of this rarely seen etching. From the edition of 50, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (there were 18 additional artist’s proofs, for an overall edition of 68). Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1981; printed by Jacques Frélaut, Paris, 1961.

Signature: Signed with the artist’s signature stamp in the margin lower right.

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