Self-Portrait from Carmen Series
1949 Engraving



Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Self-Portrait, Carmen Series
Engraving on Paper
13.5"x16.5" framed, 10"x14" unframed 

Limited Edition of 320. Unsigned. Title, date, description, and support on back in pencil by the estate or art dealer. Framed in a contemporary wide-faced wood frame in a black finish with black linen using spacers behind conservation clear glass. Excellent vintage condition.

From the estate of Edyth and Phillip Bassett. 

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Picasso is credited, along with Georges Braque, with the creation of cubism. As an artist and an innovator, he is responsible for co-founding the entire cubist movement alongside Georges Braque. Cubism was an avant-garde art movement that changed forever the face of European painting and sculpture while simultaneously affecting contemporary architecture, music and literature. Subjects and objects in cubism are broken up into pieces and re-arranged in an abstract form. During the period from approximately 1910-1920 when Picasso and Braque were laying the foundation for cubism in France, its effects were so far-reaching as to inspire offshoots like the styles of Futurism, Dada, and Constructivism in other countries.

Picasso is also credited with inventing constructed sculpture and co-inventing the collage art style. He is also regarded as one of three artists in the twentieth century credited with defining the elements of plastic arts. Because Picasso’s art from the time of the Demoiselles was radical in nature, virtually no 20th-century artist could escape his influence. Moreover, whereas other masters such as Henri Matisse or Braque tended to keep within certain stylistic boundaries, Picasso continued to be an innovator into the last decade of his life. His work is held by every major modern art institution around the globe as well as the Museu Picasso, an institution dedicated to his work, located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

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