Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), 1961
|Artist:||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Pablo Picasso Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), 1961|
|Reference:||Baer 1277, Bloch 1023|
|Medium:||Linoleum Cut (Linocut)|
|Image:||25 3/16 in x 21 in (64 cm x 53.5 cm)|
|Sheet:||29 1/2 in x 24 7/16 in (75 cm x 62 cm)|
|Framed:||43 3/4 in x 40 in (111.1 cm x 101.6 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.|
In this carefully composed image, we see echoes of Eduard Manet's famous painting Le Déjeuner, 1862-63. Intended by the French artist as a satire on the traditions of painting nudes to unrealistic perfection and historical scenes on a large-scale, the painting created much uproar. The public was scandalized to see nude women in the company of fully-dressed men, and to such a large scale.
Picasso takes Manet's scene and makes it his own, with an abstract image of two figures half naked, in an almost animalistic scene. Holding true to the original composition, the man on the left holds a cane while the woman on the right baths in a river. Picasso created multiple linocuts of this scandalous subject and this one stands out as one of the more entertaining.
Created in 1961, this linocut is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin. Printed by Arnéra, Vallauris and published by Louis Leiris, Paris, this work is numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left margin.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Luncheon on the Grass (Le Dejeuner sur L’herbe) 1961, 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. Baer, Brigitte. Picasso: Peintre-graveur, Tome V 1959-1965. Berne: Editions Kornfeld, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1277.
2. Bloch, Georges. Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié 1904-1967. Berne: Editions Kornfeld et Cie, 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonne no. 1023.
3. McVinney, L. Donald, et al Picasso Linoleum Cuts: The Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Random House, 1985. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 86.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany Pablo Picasso Luncheon on the Grass (Le Dejeuner sur L’herbe) 1961.
About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, Pablo Picasso Luncheon on the Grass (Le Dejeuner sur L’herbe) 1961 is presented in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.