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Published by Vollard, Paris

Condition Report: Mild buckling to upper and lower edges; moderate light and time staining; a few soft, scattered handling creases; mild mat burns; reverse foxing to borders and reverse; minute rust stains to extreme edges of reverse, most with attempted restoration; restoration to very …

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Perhaps the most influential artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso may be best known for pioneering Cubism and fracturing the two-dimensional picture plane in order to convey three-dimensional space. Inspired by African and Iberian art, he also contributed to the rise of Surrealism and Expressionism. Picasso’s sizable oeuvre grew to include over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures,ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs. He painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), in response to the Spanish Civil War; the totemic grisaille canvas remains a definitive work of anti-war art. At auction, a number of Picasso’s paintings have sold for more than $100 million. The indefatigable artist has been the subject of exhibitions at the world’s most prestigious institutions, from the Museum of Modern Art and Centre Pompidou to the Stedelijk Museum and Tate Modern.

High auction record
US$179.4m, Christie's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Picasso – Birth of a GeniusUCCA
2018
The EY Exhibition: PICASSO 1932 – Love, Fame, TragedyTate
2017
Picasso 1932. Année érotiqueMusée Picasso Paris
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Peintre devant son Chevalet, from Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu, 1931

Etching on BFK Rives paper
15 1/4 × 19 1/2 in
38.7 × 49.5 cm
Edition 93/99
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Heritage Auctions

Published by Vollard, Paris

Condition Report: Mild buckling to upper and lower edges; moderate …

Medium
Signature
Signed and numbered in ink along lower edge
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Perhaps the most influential artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso may be best known for pioneering Cubism and fracturing the two-dimensional picture plane in order to convey three-dimensional space. Inspired by African and Iberian art, he also contributed to the rise of Surrealism and Expressionism. Picasso’s sizable oeuvre grew to include over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures,ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs. He painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), in response to the Spanish Civil War; the totemic grisaille canvas remains a definitive work of anti-war art. At auction, a number of Picasso’s paintings have sold for more than $100 million. The indefatigable artist has been the subject of exhibitions at the world’s most prestigious institutions, from the Museum of Modern Art and Centre Pompidou to the Stedelijk Museum and Tate Modern.

High auction record
US$179.4m, Christie's, 2015
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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