Pablo Picasso, ‘Lysistrata’, 1934, Phillips

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Image: 21.9 x 14.9 cm (8 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
Sheet: 38.1 x 27.9 cm (15 x 10 7/8 in.)

All signed and numbered 150/132 in pencil (from the deluxe suite with wide margins, there was also an unsigned book edition of 1500), printed by Roger Lacourière, Paris, published by The Limited Editions Club, New York, all framed, lacking the original portfolio.

Including: Serment des femmes (The Oath of the Women), Couple et enfant (Couple and Infant), Cinésias et Myrrhine (Cinesias and Myrrhine), Deux vieillards et Voilier (Two Men and a Sailboat), Accord entre les guerriers de Sparte et d'Athènes (The Reconciliation of the Spartans and Athenians), and Le festin (The Banquet).

From the Catalogue:
Picasso’s illustration of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata was masterminded by New York literary entrepreneur George Macey, who founded the Limited Editions Club in 1929 - an imprint specialising in commissioning some of the era’s best-known artists to illustrate literary classics. In 1934, Macey commissioned Picasso to illustrate a special edition of the Greek comedy about a woman who sets out to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing her countrywomen to withhold sex from their war-bound husbands and lovers.
Courtesy of Phillips

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Brigitte Baer 387-392
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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