Pablo Picasso, ‘Toro (Bull)’, 1969, Sylvan Cole Gallery

AN ORIGINAL PICASSO DRAWING, PRESENTED BY PICASSO TO HIS CATALAN FRIEND MAURICI TORRA-BALARI I DE LLAVALLOL (1907-1999), an important Catalan cultural figure (see Wikipedia) and once the lover of Federico García Lorca.

Signed by Picasso and dated 10.10.69.

At right, circular blindstamp “BIBLIOTHECA M TORRA-BALARI : PARISIIS” ("Library of M. Torra-Balari, Paris") with arms at center.

Pencil on wove paper clipped from a book (three printed letters are visible).



Signature: Signed in pencil by Picasso.

Presented by Picasso to Maurici TORRA-BALARI I DE LLAVALLOL (1907-1999). Given by TORRA-BALARI shortly before his death to a leading Spanish collector from whom we bought it in 2012.

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