Pablo Picasso, ‘Sable mouvant (Quicksand)’, 1966, Phillips

All images 15 1/8 x 10 7/8 in. (38.4 x 27.6 cm)
All sheets 23 x 18 3/8 in. (58.4 x 46.7 cm)

All signed and numbered X/X in pencil (there were also 50 in Arabic numerals and 20 in Roman numerals on Japanese paper, and a book edition of 255), printed by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris, published by Louis Broder, Paris.

Including: Sculpteur au travail; Peintre et modèle aux cheveux longs; Deux femmes au miroir; Peintre debout à son chevalet, avec un modèle, Sculpteur et sculpture; Peintre et modèle accoudé; Tête d'homme barbu. II; Nu accoudé; Sculpteur devant sa sellette, avec un specateur barbu; and Sculpteur.

From the Catalogue:
At a small monastery in northwestern France the avant garde poet Pierre Reverdy died in 1960 and hardly anyone noticed. News of his passing only reached a handful of close friends, Pablo Picasso among them. Throughout Picasso’s ascendance to international acclaim he relied heavily upon a friendship with Reverdy, this trustworthy, literary recluse. Reverdy’s last poem, Sable mouvant (Quicksand) spun the tale of a desert sojourn’s hallucinations and personal realizations. Picasso agreed to illustrate the poem with this aquatint series in memoriam to its writer. Turing to imagery of an artist and his muse, Picasso revealed his close kinship with the poet as well as a paradox: the artist, like the muse, is himself also a subject, as illustrated by this wonderfully personal tribute to an enduring friendship.
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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