Pablo Picasso, Bacchanale, c. 1959

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Bacchanale, c. 1959
Medium: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:37 1/2 in x 34 3/8 in (95.3 cm x 87.3 cm)
Edition:From the numbered edition of 300 in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4083

Historical Description

Full of dynamic positioning, creative imagery and vivid color, the figures in Pablo Picasso Bacchanale, c. 1959 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 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 numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left. Published by Crommelynck, Paris, this piece contains the Crommelynck blindstamp in the lower left corner.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Bacchanale, c. 1959 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. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Pablo Picasso Bacchanale, c. 1959 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.