Pablo Picasso, ‘Picasso’, 1965, Galerie de Souzy
Pablo Picasso, ‘Picasso’, 1965, Galerie de Souzy

Signature: Numbered 'VIII' in pencil

This work was a model for the book cover 'Le Peintre et son Modèle' 1965, which was one of many publications from the Editions du Cercle d'Art, Paris. The editor and friend of Picasso, Charles Feld, created the publishing company Les Editions du Cercle d'Art in 1950. These books were devoted to contemporary artists such as Calder, Tapies and many of them to Picasso.

Collection of the editor Charles Feld, 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