Pablo Picasso, ‘Vintage Pablo Picasso Rug by Ege’, Late 20th Century, Nazmiyal Collection

Here is a remarkable and exciting vintage carpet – a mid-century Scandinavian carpet, woven by Ege, and featuring an absolutely breathtaking composition of Pablo Picasso. One of the most influential and recognizable artists not only of the twentieth century but of all time, Picasso’s compositions are treasured for their extraordinarily imaginative qualities, as well as for their deliberate and eccentric treatments of color. This particular example wonderfully manifests some of the finer aspects of Picasso’s unique style: what is seemingly a motley parade of animals dominates the foreground, while the background features a complex, intricate interplay of a variety of abstract and geometric figures. All of this is presented in bright shades, with the large and vibrant swaths of red lending the piece a great deal of its considerable energy. Quintessentially Picasso in overall style, this mid-century Scandinavian carpet offers a unique opportunity to own a piece designed by one of the most important and influential artists of all time.

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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