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Pablo Picasso
Raphael et La Fornarina

1968

$42,992.81

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Pablo Picasso Raphael et La Fornarina (1968) Etching H 50 x W 57cm (framed) This is Plate 298 from Series 347 Edition of 50 Signed and numbered in pencil Literature: Georges Bloch 'Picasso - catalogue of the printed graphic work', n°1778 This rare etching by Pablo Picasso is the most accomplished one of the Raphael and la Fornarina series made in 1968. La Fornarina (the baker) was a muze and lover of the great Italian rennaissance painter Raphael. The French painter Jean-Auguste-Domnique Ingres painted in the 19th century five versions of Raphael and La Fornarina making it a symbol of the painter-muze relationship. In 1968 Picasso started making his own interpretation on the topic. The result in this etching is a pornographic scene with Raphael still holding his painter's palette and La Fornarina completely nude spread out over the sheet in a recognizable cubist style. From the side a figure with a papal hat comes looking behind the curtain ('le pape en voyeur caché'). The balance in the paper with an empty left side contrasted with the fully-worked right side is just brilliant. Other editions of the work are in the collection of amongst others: Picasso Museum Barcelona; National Library of Paris; Picasso Museum Paris; Art Institute Chicago; Museum Ludwig Cologne; Art Museum of Israel Jerusalem; The Gottfriet Keller Stiftung of Switzerland.

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  • Creator
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish)
  • Creation Year
    1968
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.69 in (50 cm)Width: 22.45 in (57 cm)Depth: 1.19 in (3 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Framing
    Frame Included
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Antwerp, BE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU151227795382

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About the Artist

Pablo Picasso

One of the most prolific and revolutionary artists the world has ever seen, Pablo Picasso had a tremendous impact on the development of 20th-century modern art. Although he is best known for his association with the Cubist movement, which he founded with Georges Braque, Picasso’s influence extends to Surrealism, neoclassicism and Expressionism.

“Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction,” the Spanish artist proclaimed. In Picasso's Cubist paintings, he emphasizes the two-dimensionality of the canvas, breaking with conventions regarding perspective, foreshortening and proportion. Picasso was inspired by Iberian and African tribal art. One of his most famous pre-Cubist works is Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), a painting considered immoral and shocking at the time for its depiction of nude women whose faces resemble Iberian tribal masks.

Picasso made many portraits in this style, most often of the women in his life, their expressively colored faces composed of geometric shards of surface planes. In Woman in a Hat (Olga), 1935, he painted his first wife as an assemblage of abstract forms, leaving the viewer to decipher the subject through the contrasting colors and shapes. Picasso was a tireless artist, creating more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Tracing his life’s work reveals the progression of modern art, on which he had an unparalleled influence.

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