Pablo Picasso, ‘Mise en Scène de la Célestine III’, 1968, It Reminds Me of Something
Pablo Picasso, ‘Mise en Scène de la Célestine III’, 1968, It Reminds Me of Something

Etching on Vélin de Rives paper.
The Celestina or, simply, Celestina, is the name with which the Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea has been popularized, attributed to Fernando de Rojas. Its composition goes back to the last years of the fifteenth century, during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, although its extraordinary editorial success begins in the sixteenth century and continues, with ups and downs, until its prohibition in 1792. By its amorous argument, its purpose Didactic, the abundance of authority citations, the choice of their characters, their dialogue and their more than probable link to a university environment, Celestina has been considered a sui generis example of humanistic comedy, although some people prefer to consider it as a Hybrid between novel and drama. Its influence in both genres is very remarkable, to the point that it is possible to speak of the subgenre of the celestinesca, in which both works developed directly from its plot, its characters or its subjects, like environments or celestinescos characters in Comedies and novels that, in principle, have nothing to do with the Celestina.

Series: La Célestine

Signature: Hand signed lower right on pencil

Georges Bloch 1565

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