Pablo Picasso, Bethsabée (Bethsheba), 1966

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Bethsabée (Bethsheba), 1966
Medium:Color Aquatint
Image:10 1/2 in x 14 1/4 in (26.7 cm x 36.2 cm)
Framed:approx. 29 11/16 in x 32 15/16 in (75.4 cm x 83.7 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 300 and some H.C. . (Hors d'Commerce) in pencil in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-6310

Historical Description

Pablo Picasso Bethsabée (Bethsheba), 1966 is a captivating aquatint, perhaps one of Picasso’s more vivid and colored pieces that result in a mythical and romantic scene.  Featuring Bethsheba, future wife of King David during biblical times, she is captured here reading a letter in the comfort of her lush bedroom setting.

The grand tale of Bethsheba and King David dates back to biblical times, referenced mainly in the Hebrew Bible, but also the Christian Bible, and Qur’an as well.  After catching a glimpse of the beautiful Bethsheba bathing, King David had fallen desperately in love, only to find her married to a soldier in his army currently fighting in battle.  After ordering his death to legally wed Bethsheba, King David sends her a letter both proclaiming his sympathy and also his love.  In this colorful and elegant scene by Picasso, we see Bethsheba reading this letter, in a graceful indifference that makes it unclear of both her thoughts and her feelings.  Picasso renders the composition perfectly with a delicate balance of ruby reds and soft pinks and greens, making Bethsabée a fine addition to any art collection.

Created in 1966, Pablo Picasso Bethsabée (Bethsheba), 1966  is an aquatint printed on Rives wove paper. This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin, and there also features the blindstamp of printer/publisher Atelier Crommelynck, Paris in the lower left corner.  Hand-signed by Pablo Picasso in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 300 and some H.C. (Hors d'Commerce) in pencil in the lower left.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

1.    A Masterworks Fine Art, Inc. Certificate of Authenticity will also accompany the work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Bethsabée (Bethsheba), 1966, is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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