Pablo Picasso, ‘Portrait d'Olga au col de fourrure (Ba. 109)’, Sotheby's

Property from the Collection of Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz, Jr.

1923, one of a small number of impressions printed by Lacourière, circa 1955, on Arches wove paper, framed.

plate: 497 by 497 mm 19 1/2 by 19 1/2 in
sheet: 768 by 570 mm 30 1/4 by 22 3/8 in

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From the Catalogue:
Baer notes that approximately ten impressions of this rare drypoint were printed. Three by Fort in 1930, before the plate was beveled, and fewer than seven by Lacourière circa 1955.
—Courtesy of Sotheby’s

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