Pablo Picasso, ‘Oiseau polychrome (Polychrome Bird)’, 1947, Phillips

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The Modern Form: Property from the Collection of Betty and Stanley Sheinbaum

Signature: Inscribed 'I106' and numbered 137/200 in black, with the Edition Picasso and Madoura Plein Feu pottery stamps on the reverse.

Alain Ramié 33
Georges Ramié 756

Galerie Badan, Geneva
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1974

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