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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE WEST COAST COLLECTOR

Pablo Picasso
LA CORRIDA
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 336,500 USD
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184

PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE WEST COAST COLLECTOR

Pablo Picasso
LA CORRIDA
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 336,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
LA CORRIDA
Signed Picasso and dated Le 10.11.55. (lower right)
Wax crayon, brush and ink and felt-tip pen on paper
10 5/8 by 16 1/2 in.
27.2 by 42 cm
Executed on November 10, 1955.
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Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Provenance

Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, New York (and sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 8, 2006, lot 370A)
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

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.

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