PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973
Málaga 1881- 1973 Mougins (Spanish)
Title: Old Rembrandtesque Painter, Painting Bacchantes, from: Suite 347 | Vieux peintre Rembranesque peignant des bacchantes: La Suite 347, 1968
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint and Drypoint on Wove Paper
Paper size: 33 x 45.5 cm. / 13 x 18 in.
Image size: 20 x 32.5 cm. / 7.9 x 12.8 in.
Additional Information: This original aquatint and drypoint is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil, from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin.
It is dated in the plate 4.8.68.I.
It was printed in 1968 by the Crommelynck Brothers in France and published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris in an edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions.
This work is also known as “Artist Painting Nudes in Motion” and is composition 240 of the 347 series.
Note: The “347 Series” was, in printmaking, the undertaking which defined late Picasso. This prodigious outpouring of work, dating from March 16th–October 5th, 1968, deals with all of his old themes and fantasies, adding an obsession newly central in the late 60s, the artist as voyeur. It is in this role, rather than that of a protagonist, that the artist figures in these fantastic narrations.
In order to be able to work with full freedom and concentration, Picasso had his printers, the brothers Crommelynck, bring the etching plates and hand press to his farmhouse near Cannes.
1. Bloch, G. (1968), Pablo Picasso: Tome II, Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1966-69, Bern: Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein.
Reference: Bloch 1720
2. Baer, B. (1992). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome II, Catalogue Raisonne de l’OEuvre Grave. Bern: Editions Kornfeld.
Reference: Baer 1737
Condition: Very good condition. Pale staining in the margins and foxing in the left and lower margin.