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Pablo Picasso
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more 'For now I am a decayed creature, withered and full of wrinkles, and nobody will look at me. Yet my mind is still the same... I have nothing else to do but look on and please mine eye. It is some comfort to me yet to be a spectator of your sports.' (From Fernando de Rojas' La Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, 1499.) Inspired by de Rojas' Celestina, Picasso's La Celestine constitutes one of his greatest character creations. Emerging from deep within his Spanish heritage, the bawdy procuress takes on a renewed importance in Picasso's old age; reduced similarly to the indignant position of the voyeur, Picasso knew that he too was 'past all danger of ravishing'. Nevertheless, it is as passive outsider that Picasso manages to summon his most creative energy, providing some of the most inventive and amusing images in the series.
Pablo Picasso

Mousquetaire attablé avec un jeune Garçon evoquant sa Vie, from Séries 347 (B. 1577; Ba. 1593 VIBb1)

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Pablo Picasso
Mousquetaire attablé avec un jeune Garçon evoquant sa Vie, from Séries 347 (B. 1577; Ba. 1593 VIBb1)
etching and drypoint, 1968, on wove, signed in pencil, numbered 31/50 (there were also 17 artist's proofs), published by Galerie L. Leiris, Paris, 1969, with wide margins, some creasing along the left and right sheet edges and in the margins, generally in good condition
P. 334 x 492 mm., S. 500 x 656 mm.
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