Pablo Picasso, ‘Taureau et Picador’, 1959, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Picasso, Pablo
(Spanish, 1881-1973)


Original linocut printed in three colors (brown, black, beige) from one block on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES” block letter watermark.

A superb impression of Geiser/Baer’s second and final state, from the edition of 50 (there were 20 additional signed proofs for the artist and the publisher), numbered in pencil in the margin lower left. Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1960; printed by Hidalgo Arnéra, Vallauris.

Catalog: Bloch 910; Karshan 8; McVinney 17; Geiser/Baer 1230.II.B.a; Picasso Project L-051.

Sheet Size: 24 5/8 x 29 ½ inches

In excellent condition, with strong, fresh colors, printed on a sheet with full margins.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Picasso.

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