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Pablo Picasso, ‘Les danseurs au Hibou’, 1959, Heritage Auctions
Pablo Picasso, ‘Les danseurs au Hibou’, 1959, Heritage Auctions

Published by Louise Leiris, Paris Printed by Arnéra, Vallauris LITERATURE: Bloch 936; Baer, 1256

Condition Report: Light staining; mat burns; Two 2" hard creases to the upper left corner; one 1/4" dent to the center right extreme edge; time staining veso.;Print Grade: 6/10. Cornered, mounted and framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 34 X 37.5 Inches

Signature: Signed in pencil lower right

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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