An original etching printed in black ink on Montval laid paper bearing the “Picasso” watermark, hand-signed in pencil lower right "Picasso," also inscribed with the date in the plate (in reverse) at the lower right. This is a richly printed impression of Geiser/Baer's only state, printed after the steelfacing of the plate, from the edition of 260 printed on this paper (there were a further 50 impressions printed on Montval laid paper with wider margins and the Montgolfier watermark, and three impressions printed on parchment). Plate 81 of 100 from the Suite Vollard. Published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939; printed by Roger Lacourière, Paris. A large number of the works in the Suite Vollard are characterized by Neoclassical elements and subject matter. This theme was probably inspired by Picasso's travels to Rome, Florence, and Naples. As a result of these trips and his 1930s illustrations for Ovid's Metamorphoses, many of the works are mythological. A second theme in many of the plates is the sculptor in his studio, which directly reflects the artist's 1931 purchase of a chateau near Gisors, where he devoted himself to sculpture. Often classical statues surround the sculptor in these prints, once again exploring his interest in the Neoclassical.Pablo Picasso is arguably the most discussed, exhibited, and influential artist of the 20th Century. Together with Georges Bracques, he founded the Cubist movement, and continued to dominate the trajectory of Modern art through his long life.
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