9 October 2002,
Price realised GBP 20,315
GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000
Pique II (B. 911; Ba. 1228Bb2a)
linocut in colours, 1959, on wove paper, signed in pencil, numbered 26/50 (there were also sixteen artist's proofs), published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1960, with margins, with mount- and backboard staining, taped to the mount at the upper reverse sheet edge, otherwise the image generally in very good condition, framed
L. 530 x 640mm., S. 620 x 750mm.
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Picasso drew as freely from his Spanish heritage as he did from classical mythology. He was fascinated by the corrida, the ritualised struggle between man and bull which results in the death of one or the other, or both.
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