Pablo Picasso, Bacchanale, c. 1955
Signed Pablo Picasso, Etching Aquatint, Bacchanale, c. 1955
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Bacchanale, c. 1955|
Color Etching and Aquatint
|Image Size:||22 in x 18 1/4 in (55.9 cm x 46.4 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||30 in x 22 in (76.2 cm x 55.9 cm)|
|Framed Size:||41 3/16 in x 37 13/16 in (104.6 cm x 96 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Edition:||From the numbered edition of 300 in the lower left margin.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Depicting a scene of dynamic and pensive activity, Picasso uses a sumptuous color palate, bringing a sense of life and vitality to the work, with 15 colors, including 5 different whites
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Full of dynamic positioning, creative imagery and vivid color, the figures in this work are created with a high degree of volumetric tonality and life-like energy. Drawing our attention to the ambiguous nude in the center, Picasso highlights the form with detailed and layered coloring that causes the figure to stand out and capture our attention. Utilizing a variety of deep grey tones and whites in the shading, the depth of this work is amplified with the use of overlapping details, as seen with the figures and surrounding architecture.
The thoughtful, and fully clothed, male figure on the right is particularly amusing because he possesses an uncanny resemblance to the infamous creator of this work, Pablo Picasso himself. Clad in a horizontal stripped shirt, the favorite sailing attire of Picasso, this mysterious figure possesses a playful and simultaneously deep and mysterious personality. There is a wealth of detail and imagery that captivates our senses in this magnificent and rare work. Combing his color plate from the very early Blue Period with his complex cubist sensibilities of the forties and fifties, this is a well rounded work that will provide an ideal contribution to any serious Picasso collection.
Created after an original oil painting of the same title, this color etching and aquatint, is printed on BFK Reves watermarked paper. Hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973)in pencil in the lower right side, this work is nmbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left. Published by Crommelynck, Patis, this piece contains the Crommelynck blindstamp in the lower left corner.
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Biography of Pablo Picasso
"Yet Cubism and Modern art weren't either scientific or intellectual; they were visual and came from the eye and mind of one of the greatest geniuses in art history. Pablo Picasso, born in Spain, was a child prodigy who was recognized as such by his art-teacher father, who ably led him along. The small Museo de Picasso in Barcelona is devoted primarily to his early works, which include strikingly realistic renderings of casts of ancient sculpture.
"He was a rebel from the start and, as a teenager, began to frequent the Barcelona cafes where intellectuals gathered. He soon went to Paris, the capital of art, and soaked up the works of Manet, Gustave Courbet, and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose sketchy style impressed him greatly. Then it was back to Spain, a return to France, and again back to Spain - all in the years 1899 to 1904.
"Before he struck upon Cubism, Picasso went through a prodigious number of styles - realism, caricature, the Blue Period, and the Rose Period. The Blue Period dates from 1901 to 1904 and is characterized by a predominantly blue palette and subjects focusing on outcasts, beggars, and prostitutes. This was when he also produced his first sculptures. The most poignant work of the style is in Cleveland's Museum of Art, La Vie (1903), which was created in memory of a great childhood friend, the Spanish poet Casagemas, who had committed suicide. The painting started as a self-portrait, but Picasso's features became those of his lost friend. The composition is stilted, the space compressed, the gestures stiff, and the tones predominantly blue. Another outstanding Blue Period work, of 1903, is in the Metropolitan, The Blind Man's Meal. Yet another example, perhaps the most lyrical and mysterious ever, is in the Toledo Museum of Art, the haunting Woman with a Crow (1903).
"The Rose Period began around 1904 when Picasso's palette brightened, the paintings dominated by pinks and beiges, light blues, and roses. His subjects are saltimbanques (circus people), harlequins, and clowns, all of whom seem to be mute and strangely inactive. One of the premier works of this period is in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery's large and extremely beautiful Family of Saltimbanques dating to 1905, which portrays a group of circus workers who appear alienated and incapable of communicating with each other, set in a one-dimensional space.
"In 1905, Picasso went briefly to Holland, and on his return to Paris, his works took on a classical aura with large male and fernale figures seen frontally or in distinct profile, almost like early Greek art. One of the best of these of 1906 is in the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, La Toilette. Several pieces in this new style were purchased by Gertrude (the art patron and writer) and her brother, Leo Stein.
Picasso enjoyed creating his art on many media. From paintings to etchings to ceramics, all of his works are a testament to his skills. There are even Picasso prints that are worth more than unique original works.