PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973
Málaga 1881-1973 Mougins (Spanish)
Title: Bathsheba, 1966
Technique: Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint in Colours on BFK Rives Wove Paper
Paper size: 66 x 50 cm. / 26 x 19.7 in.
Image size: 26.5 x 37 cm. / 10.4 x 14.6 in.
Additional Information: This aquatint in colours is signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 300, at the lower left margin.
The work was published by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris with their blindstamp at the lower left corner.
It was engraved by the Crommelynk brothers based on a Picasso pastel from 1963 that was itself related to Rembrandt’s famous painting of 1654 “Bathsheba at Her Bath”.
The sheet bears the Rives watermark at the lower right margin.
Note: According to the Old Testament, Bathsheba, the wife of the soldier Uriah, was the woman with whom King David had an adulterous affair.
Bathsheba became pregnant by King David, and consequently David sent Uriah to the frontlines of battle to be killed. Upon Uriah’s death David married Bathsheba.
However, God was angered by David’s sins and this child died soon after his birth.
Bathsheba then gave David another son named Solomon. With the prophet Nathan’s help, Bathsheba secured the throne for her son Solomon over David’s descendants from his first marriage.