Pablo Picasso, ‘Vénus et l’Amour d’après Cranach (Venus and Amour, after Cranach)’, 1949, R. S. Johnson Fine Art

This is one of Picasso’s greatest graphic achievements. The work was executed by the artist in 1949, and finally printed in 1961, but was not published by his dealer until after the artist’s death.
This aquatint, after a painting by one of Picasso’s favorite old master artists: Lucas Cranach (1472-1553), is one of two major graphic works by Picasso after Cranach, the other being David and Bethsheba, also of 1949.
The story behind this work is that Picasso’s dealer, Daniel Kahnweiler, sent from Germany to Picasso a postcard reproducing Cranach’s masterpiece, Venus and Cupid. Using only the reproduction of this work by Cranach as his inspiration, Picasso created this magnificent aquatint.

References:
Bloch 1835
Baer 876-VI-Ba

Signature: With artist’s stamped signature and numbered

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