Pablo Picasso, ‘Minotaure Caressant une Dormeuse’, 1933, Odon Wagner Contemporary

Created on 18 June 1933, plate 93 from the Vollard Suite, drypoint on laid Montval paper, with the 'Vollard' watermark, signed "Picasso" in pencil (lower right) from the edition of 260, printed by Lacouriere, Paris, in 1939; Bloch 201, Baer 369.

Inscribed "Boisgeloup 18 juin XXXIII" (lower left). Boisgeloup is a small village situated about 63 km from Paris. Picasso lived in the Chateau with Marie-Therese from 1930-1936, where he had a studio.

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