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Pablo Picasso
"Sculpteur au Travail" from Sable Mouvant by Pablo Picasso, 1964

1964

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PICASSO, PABLO (1881 – 1973) "Sculpteur au Travail; from Sable Mouvant" Bloch 1183, Baer 1152 Etching and aquatint on tissue-thin japon paper c. 1964 Bearing a watermark “LB – Louis Broder” Signed in Pencil, lower right numbered X/XX, from the edition of 20 in Roman numerals on Japanese paper (there was also the edition of 50 in Arabic numerals on Japanese paper; the edition of 10 in Roman numerals on Auvergne wove paper; and the book edition of 255). Printed by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris Plate Size: 15.187” x 10.875”, Sheet Size: 21” x 16.18”. Published by Louis Broder Picasso illustrated these etching and aquatints as homage to the fascinating poem by Pierre Reverdy. Sable Mouvant (quicksand) is set in the desert and relates to a number of psychological struggles and hallucinations. The works by Picasso elegantly depict Reverdy’s intentions and remove the viewer from reality to expose the inner turmoil of a helpless man and his surroundings. Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. By the age of 15 he was already technically skilled in drawing and painting. Picasso’s highly original style continuously evolved throughout his long career, expanding the definition of what art could be. In addition to painting, he would explore sculpture, ceramics and other art forms, and become one of the most influential artists of the 1900s. Paintings from Picasso’s blue period (1901-1904) depict forlorn people painted in shades of blue, evoking feelings of sadness and alienation. After his move to Paris in 1904, Picasso’s rose period paintings took on a warmer more optimistic mood. In 1907 he and French painter George Braque pioneered cubism. By 1912 Picasso was incorporating newspaper print, postage stamps and other materials into his paintings. This style is called collage. By the late 1920s he turned toward a flat, cubist-related style. During the 1930s his paintings became militant and political. Guernica (1937), a masterpiece from this period depicts the terror of the bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish civil war. Following World War II, Picasso’s work became less political and more gentle. He spent the remaining years of his life in an exploration various historical styles of art, making several reproductions of the work of earlier artists. Picasso died on April 8, 1973 at his home, Notre-Dame-de-Vie in Mougin, France. He was buried on April 10 at his castle Vauvenagues, 170 kilometers from Mougin.

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  • Creator
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish)
  • Creation Year
    1964
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Width: 25.5 in. (64.77 cm)Depth: 2.5 in. (6.35 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    This piece is in a custom frame with UV protective plexiglass.
  • Gallery Location
    Hinsdale, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 20321stDibs: LU138426398912

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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 his 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.He 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.Browse an expansive collection of Pablo Picasso's art on 1stDibs.
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