Pablo Picasso, Carnaval (Carnival), 1967

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Carnaval (Carnival), 1967
Reference:Bloch 1242, Baer 1852
Medium:Color Linocut on Arches Velin paper
Image Size:25 1/4 in x 21 in (64.1 cm x 53.3 cm)
Sheet Size:29 1/2 in x 24 5/8 in (74.9 cm x 62.7 cm)
Framed Size:33 5/8 in x 28 7/8 in (85.4 cm x 73.3 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 160 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 very good condition, a fine dark impression with full margins.
ID #w-5281

Historical Description

In contrast with his cubist aesthetic, Pablo Picasso linocut Carnaval (Carnival), 1967 features a vibrant, playful assortment of carnival characters dancing and laughing. Picasso uses a rich brown in the background as characters emerge out of what once just seemed like beige flowing lines. In the form of the beige lines are dancing figures holding hands as exaggerated faces peer in from the bottom. In the upper register of the composition whimsical stars fill the negative space. The lines seem to almost vibrate and undulate drawing the viewer in with a frenzied energy, and yet each one purposefully describes an element of the scene.

Created on January 28, 1967, Carnaval (Carnival) is a color linocut printed and published by Arnéra, Vallauris on Arches velin paper. Numbered from the edition of 160 in the lower left margin, this work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and in the plate with the date 'Picasso 28.1.67' in reverse in the upper left of the image.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso linocut Carnival (Carnaval ), 1967 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 final sale of the work):

1. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, Tome I, Catalogue de l'oeuvre grave et lithographié, 1904-1967, 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue  raisonné no. 1242 on pg 265.
2. Baer, Brigitte. Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome VI, Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre grave et des monotypes, 1966-1968. Listed and illustrated as catalogue  raisonné no. 1852 on pg 590.
3. Lieberman, William S. Picasso Linoleum Cuts, 1985. Listed and illustrated as catalogue  raisonné no. 117 on pg 113.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso linocut Carnival (Carnaval ), 1967 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Circus