Pablo Picasso, Bethsabée (Bethsheba)

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Bethsabée (Bethsheba)
Medium: Original Color Aquatint
Image Size: 14 1/4 inx 10 1/2 in (36.2 cm x 26.7 cm)
Sheet Size: 17 in x 13 3/4 in (43.18 cm x 34.93 cm)
Framed Size: 32 15/16 in x 29 11/16 in (83.7 cm x 75.4 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 300 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.
Gallery Price: Please call us 510-777-9970 for availability.
ID # w-5079

This captivating aquatint is 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.

Created in 1966, this aquatint features a very distinct plate mark, a fine impression with bold, bright colors.  Printed on Rives wove paper with deckle edges on all sides, 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 in pencil, 133/300 in the lower left.

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.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Bethsabée (Bethsheba) is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work) :

1.    Listed in the archives of the On-line Picasso Project, 2007 as ref. no. OPP.66:017.

2.    A Certificate of Authenticity will also accompany the work.

About the Framing:
Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in a bright, Baroque-style frame.  The golden hues of the moulding compliment the rich deep tones and accentuate the bright colors of this work.  The sculptural details also serve to enhance Picasso’s rhythmic and iconic stroke throughout the drawing.  Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, Pablo Picasso Bethsabée (Bethsheba) is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

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