Pablo Picasso, ‘Les Deux Femmes nues, State 3 (ii), November 1945’, 1945, Alan Cristea Gallery

One of the stage, trial and progressive proofs produced with Mourlot when working towards State 18, the final and editioned state of 'Les deux Femmes nues'. Wash drawing, pen and scraper on stone. Rare, unrecorded intermediate state between states 3 and 4. The right hand side, including the reclining figure and curtain, and the bottom edge of the image, are as in state 4. The detailing around the leg/foot of the seated figure is also as in state 4, however, there are marks on the abdomen here that have been scraped away in state 4. The area on the left hand side of the image around the seated figure is here similar to state 3. Almost certainly the intermediate state previously recorded by Brigitte Baer in the Hulzinga 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