Pablo Picasso, ‘Portrait of Raymond Radiguet  ’, 1920, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Raymond Raduguet , who was born in 1903, was the child prodigy of the Cubist and and Dadaist avante garde and was a protege of Andre Salmon, Max Jacob, Andre Breton and, particularly, Jean Cocteau. In 1920 he published his first collection of poems entitled “Les joues en feu”. The youth however suffered from ill health and died in 1923 aged only 20 years. Picasso attended a ceremony in his honour and his burial at the Pere Lachaise cemetery. Shortly after his death Grassnet published the complete collection of Radriguet's poems .

Publisher: Printed by: F Paillart, Abbeyville (Somme)

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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