Pablo Picasso, Football, 1961
|Artist:||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Reference:||Bloch 1019, Mourlot 365|
|Medium:||Color Lithograph on Arches paper|
|Image:||30 1/2 in x 21 5/8 in (77.5 cm x 54.9 cm)|
|Sheet:||30 1/2 in x 21 5/8 in (77.5 cm x 54.9 cm)|
|Framed:||35 in x 38 in|
|Edition:||Artist proof aside from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left; published by Le Patriote, Nice.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Players fly around the field in the dynamic and fun Pablo Picasso Football, 1961. A bright yellow ball stands at the center of the composition and players with red and blue jerseys rush to kick it. The bodies are full of movement, with arms raised above their heads and legs kicked up as they hurry to help their team. Patches of green represent the grass field on which they play and bring another colorful element to the composition. The players are represented by silhouettes and lack any defining features aside from the colors of their jerseys. This puts more emphasis on the competitive aspect of the soccer match.
The relative simplicity of the composition and the figures contrasted with the action-packed scene shows Picasso’s talent at portraying feelings through more simplistic work – something that brings his prints back into the realm of childhood joy and delight.
Created in 1961, this color lithograph on Arches paper is hand signed signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right; aside from the numbered edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left; published by Le Patriote, Nice.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Football, 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. Bloch, Georges. Picasso Tome I Catalogue d’loeuvre grave et lithographié 1904-1967. Berne: Editions Kornfield et Cie, 1968. Listed and illustrated as catalog raisonné no. 1019.
2. Mourlot, Fernand. Picasso Lithographie IV: 1956-1963. Monte Carlo: André Sauret, 1964. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 356
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso Football, 1961 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.