Lot 316
  • 316

Pablo Picasso

150,000 - 250,000 USD
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  • Pablo Picasso
  • Le Picador
  • Signed Picasso (lower right); dated 28.6.64. (on the verso)
  • Brush and ink over linoleum cut on paper
  • 24 1/4 by 29 1/4 in.
  • 61.5 by 74.2 cm


Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, United States (and sold: Sotheby's, New York, May 6, 2009, lot 124)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner


Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1964, vol. XXIV, Paris, 1968, no. 207, illustrated pl. 74
Georges Bloch, Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1904-1967, vol. I, Bern, 1968, no. 910, illustration of the editioned linoleum cut p. 198

Catalogue Note

Le Picador is a superb example of Picasso's interdisciplinary explorations in nontraditional printmaking. Here he employs as a base his own linoleum cut, executed some five years prior and published by Galerie Louise Leiris in an edition of 50 (see fig. 1); yet with this example he extensively paints over the printed base, reimagining the scene as an entirely unique composition in a way rarely seen in Picasso's art, yet absolutely emblematic of this brilliant and insatiable artist who could not help himself but create and recreate.