Auction 1051, Modern Art, 29.05.2015, 18:00, Cologne Lot 230

Pablo Picasso, Bacchanale au Taureau noir

Pablo Picasso, Bacchanale au Taureau noir, 1959, Auction 1051 Modern Art, Lot 230

Pablo Picasso

Málaga 1881 - 1973 Mougins

Bacchanale au Taureau noir

1959

Colour linoleum cut on firm wove laid paper with watermark "ARCHES". 52.7 x 64 cm (62 x 75 cm). Framed under glass. Signed and numbered. Proof 2/50. Édition Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris. Printed by Arnéa, Vallauris. - The colours fresh.

Bloch 935; Baer 1253

Picasso returned to the south of France after World War II which primarily was the initial point of his very extensive ceramic oeuvre. Apart from this, a significant portion of his graphic works also originated from this period. In the late 1950s he was especially dedicated to the linoleum cut technique, which he often made use of in an unconventional manner. The present work displays a very classical motif in Picasso's work: a cheerful mythological scene with a bull and centaurs making music. Although the linoleum cut can be associated with the artist's mature phase, the composition and colours are so vivid and lively that one can assume that Picasso's youthful buoyancy and vitality did not diminish later in his career.

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