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Pablo Picasso, ‘Lithographe I-IV (Cramer 55, 60, 77, 125)’, Forum Auctions

The complete set of four volumes of the catalogue raisonné, 1949-1964, comprising eight original lithographs, one in colour, including the lithographed covers and a frontispiece in each volume, with text in French, printed by Mourlot Frères, Paris, published by André Sauret, Monte-Carlo, bound as issued within the original lithographed paper wrappers, overall 330 x 250mm (13 x 25 6/8in) (vol) 4)

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