Pablo Picasso, La Pique en Rouge et Jaune (The Bullfight in Red and Yellow), 1959

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:La Pique en Rouge et Jaune (The Bullfight in Red and Yellow), 1959
Medium:Original Color Linocut
Image Size:25 1/8 in x 20 7/8 in (63.8 cm x 53 cm)
Sheet Size:29 1/2 in x 24 1/2 in (74.9 cm x 62.2 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50.
Signature:Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in black pencil in the lower right margin
Condition:The work is in very good condition with bright, vibrant colors.
ID #W-6528

Historical Description

A lively work that lights up any room, Pablo Picasso La Pique en Rouge et Jaune (The Bullfight in Red and Yellow), 1959 is filled with incredibly bright orange-reds and yellows. It radiates an energy and vibrancy unlike any other linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso because he rarely used such bright colors in works. Depicting one of his favorite inspirations, a bullfight, this scene is seemingly chaotic at first. However, despite the abstracted imagery so iconic of Picasso's style, we are still able to make out the profile of a butting bull and our heroic picador in the center of a ring while an audience seems to look onto the scene in the background.

It is hard to say why bullfighting was so close to Picasso's heart, but as an art form in itself it is certainly easy to see how he could have been inspired by it. Picador's seek to elicit inspiration and art from their work and an emotional connection with the crowd that is transmitted through their relationship with the bull. Yes it is for spectacle, but there is a silent nobility in the act for both the bull and picador. Through Picasso's portrayal of the subject in such a colorful yet dynamic fashion, La Pique becomes the quintessential example of Picasso's ability to transform the medium of the linoleum cut, crafting this printmaking method to its best.

Created in 1959, Pablo Picasso La Pique en Rouge et Jaune (The Bullfight in Red and Yellow), 1959 is a linocut on Arches paper hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right. Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left, this work was published by Louise Leiris, Paris and printed by Arnéra, Vallauris.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso La Pique en Rouge et Jaune (The Bullfight in Red and Yellow), 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 final sale of the work) :

1. Baer, Brigitte. Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre grave et des monotypes 1959 – 1965, Tome V, Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1989.  Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1227A on pg. 261.
2. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso: Catalogue de l’œuvre grave et lithographié 1904 – 1967 Tome I, Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1984. Listed and illustrated at catalogue raisonné no. 908 on pg. 198.
3. Boeck, Wilhelm, intr. Picasso Linoleum Cuts: Bacchanals, Women, Bulls & Bullfighters, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.: New York, 1988. Listed and illustrated as Plate 5.
4. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Picasso: Sixty Years of Graphic Works, New York Graphic Society: Greenwich, 1966. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 318 on pg. 129.
5. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Picasso Linoleum Cuts: The Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Random House: New York, 1985. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 15 on pg. 30.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso The Bullfight in Red and Yellow (La Pique en Rouge et Jaune), 1959 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Bull