Pablo Picasso, ‘Peintre au travail observé par un modèle nu (B. 89; Ba.130)’, 1927, Sotheby's

Property from the Estate of Dr. Heinrich Medicus

Signed in brown brushpoint (faded) and numbered 4/99, from the edition of approximately 108, from Eaux-fortes originales pour le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu de Balzac, on Van Gelder wove paper, printed by Fort, Paris, framed.

plate: 195 by 279 mm 7 3/4 by 11 in
sheet: 377 by 503 mm 14 7/8 by 19 3/4 in

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