Pablo Picasso, ‘Nu debout et homme tenant un verre, 6 August 1972’, 1972, Opera Gallery

PUBLIC NOTES: Picasso’s later works mixed styles and means of expression that demonstrated the flux of the last years of his life. Painted one year before his death, this daring sketch expresses the artists’ torrent of emotion, at the time misconstrued as the pornographic fantasies of an impotent old man, but later recognized as the discovery of Neo-Expressionism.

Signature: Signed, numbered and dated ‘Dimanche 6 août 1972 Picasso’ (lower left)

Paris, Galerie Louise Leiris, 172 Dessins en noir et en couleurs, 1972, No. 155

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 33 : œuvres de 1971- 1972, Éditions Cahiers d’Art, Paris, 1978, No. 492, ill. pl. 168
The Picasso Project (ed.), Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Final Years 1970-1973, San Francisco, 2004, No. 72-232, ill. p. 340

Galerie Taménaga, Paris

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