Pablo Picasso, ‘Nu couché tenant une fleur - recto Nu couché, personnage et deux pigeons – verso’, 1972, Connaught Brown
Pablo Picasso, ‘Nu couché tenant une fleur - recto Nu couché, personnage et deux pigeons – verso’, 1972, Connaught Brown

Excellent condition

Signature: Signed, dated and inscribed upper left '11.2.72', 'Picasso', '015326'; dated verso centre right 'Mardi 11 12.1.72' and 'le 11.2.72'

Vienna, Rathaus Wien, Picasso in Wien - Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Bilder, Zeichnungen, Plastiken, 25 November 1981 - 17 January 1982, no.97
Salzburg, Galerie Welz, Pablo Picasso, 24 July - 1 September 1985, no.20B, illustrated in the catalogue

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1971-1972, Editions Cahiers d'Art, Paris, 1978, vol. XXXIII, nos.310 & 311, illus. p.109
The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Final Years, 1970-1973, Alan Wofsky Fine Arts, San Francisco, 2004, nos.72-045 & 72-046, illus. p.281

Galerie Welz, Salzburg
Private Collection, Nashville (aquired from the above in 1985)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale, 4 February 2015, lot 381
Private Collection, London

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