Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Viol IV from the Vollard Suite, 1933’, 1933, Masterworks Fine Art

One of 100 etchings found in The Vollard Suite (1930-37), this work was created in 1933. From the edition of 260, this work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin. It is printed on Montval paper with the Vollard watermark by printer Atelier Lacourière, Paris and published by Ambroise Vollard.

Signature: This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881- Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.

1) Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, Tome I Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie 1904-1067, Edition Kornfeld: Berne, 1984. Listed and illustrated as plate no. 181.

2) Bolliger, Hans, intro. Picasso’s Vollard Suite, Harry Abrams Publishers: New York, 1977. Listed and illustrated as plate no. 29.

3) Geiser, Bernhard with Alfred Scheidegger. Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome II Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre gravé et des monotypes 1932-1934, Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 340.

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