Pablo Picasso, ‘Les Deux Femmes nues, 1(ii) / 2(ii), November 1945’, 1945, Alan Cristea Gallery

Rare, unrecorded intermediate state between states 1 and 2, or possibly between states 2 and 3. Some of the markings on the body of the figure on the left have been scraped away here, making it closer to state 3. The facial detailing is similar to state 2 but with less definition, suggesting it preceded state 2 or followed it after some scraping away. Possibly the intermediate state previously recorded by Brigitte Baer, The Huizinga Collection catalogue

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