Pablo Picasso, ‘Portrait of Leon Tolstoi ’, 1957, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

This was published to illustrate “La Guerre et la Paix” by Leon Tolstoi, published
by Andre Sauret, Monte Carlo. It was a work in 3 volumes with this lithograph by
Picasso serving as a frontispiece. The title of the book was rich in associations for
Picasso who, in 1952, had painted “La Guerre et la Paix for the vault of the chapel at
Vallauris. Picasso was inspired by a photograph of Tolstoi taken in 1960 which shows
the Novelist sitting with legs crossed beside a table on which rests his Top Hat. (this same photograph was
used as a frontispiece in Volume VIII of the state edition of Tolstoiʼs complete works, published in Moscow in
1936 and is also illustrated in Cramer)
Printed by: Mourlot Freres , Paris, France

Signature: printed signature

Publisher: Andre Sauret, Monte Carlo

Bloch 825, Cramer 76, Mourlot 287

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