Pablo Picasso, Bacchanale, 1959

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Bacchanale, 1959
Medium:Color Linocut
Image:20 3/4 in x 25 in (52.7 cm x 63.5 cm)
Sheet:24 1/2 in x 29 5/8 in (62.2 cm x 63.5 cm)
Framed:approx. 31 7/8 in x 35 3/4 in (81 cm x 90.8 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil 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-6673
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Historical Description

Pablo Picasso Bacchanale, 1959 is a lively scene of playful figures relaxing and playing flutes on the shore of a languid blue sea above which rises a vast sky full of quick clouds. The composition is evocative of flowering Baroque paintings, here stylized by Picasso's unique markmaking.  The Bacchanale was often a subject depicted by Picasso with much fondness, liveliness, and energy.  Taken from the Greek and Roman festivals which celebrated the god of wine, Bacchus, they were typically attended by only women who danced, played music, and of course, drank wine.

Created in 1959, this color linocut is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881- Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 50 n pencil in the lower left margin; printed by Arnera Vallauris on Arches paper and published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Pablo Picasso Bacchanale, 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. Lieberman, William S. Picasso Linoleum Cuts. Random House: New York, 1985. Illustrated and listed as image 35 on page 44.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso Bacchanale, 1959 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.

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