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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Pablo Picasso
TAUREAU DEVANT LE PICADOR
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 399,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
195

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Pablo Picasso
TAUREAU DEVANT LE PICADOR
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 399,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
TAUREAU DEVANT LE PICADOR
Signed Picasso and dated 11.11.59.I (upper right)
Brush and ink on paper
19 3/4 by 26 in.
50.1 by 66 cm
Executed on November 11, 1959.
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Provenance

Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Galerie Chalette, New York
Niveau Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above in 1980

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1959 à 1961, vol. XIX, Paris, 1968, no. 70, illustrated p. 18

Catalogue Note

The bullfight 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.

The bullfight was to remain a perpetual motif throughout Picasso’s life as he sought to realize 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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