Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Private Collection, New York Private Collection, New York (and sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 8, 2006, lot 370A) Acquired at the above sale
La Corrida was a theme that Picasso returned to continuously throughout his life and was an important reference point for the artist’s personal identity, symbolizing both his Spanish heritage and his masculinity. He was enchanted by the ritual, the excitement and the danger, much as Goya had been one hundred and fifty years earlier (see fig. 1).
La Corrida was to remain a perpetual motif throughout Picasso’s life as he sought to realise his vision of this unique spectacle. As he once commented, “What I would like is to create the corrida as it is… I would like to create it as I see it… I would like to create it all… I would need a canvas as big as the arenas themselves… It would be magnificent” (quoted in Hélène Parmelin, Picasso dit…, Paris, 1966, pp. 49-50). This composition conveys the sense of theater that for Picasso remained the essence of the bullfight.
Executed on cream-colored wove paper, not laid down. The sheet is hinged to a mount at several places along the top edge on verso. The top edge has perforations associated with a spiral notebook, some of which have been lost. The sheet is faintly time darkened and a faint mat stain is visible at top and left edge. A few nicks to the extreme perimeter of the sheet. Remnants from a prior mounting on visible on the extreme perimeter of the verso. Otherwise fine. This work is in good condition. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.