Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937).Picasso's work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901-1904), the Rose Period (1904-1906), the African-influenced Period (1907-1909), Analytic Cubism (1909-1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912-1919), also referred to as the Crystal period. Much of Picasso's work of late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism. His later work often combines elements of his earlier styles.
He continued to work in painting, drawing, prints, ceramics and sculpture there until his death in 1973.
As a graphic artist he stands as an innovative giant, producing over 2,500 intaglio prints, lithographs and linocuts.
This work was originally published in the book of Jaime Sabartes, A La Toros Avec Picasso, Monte Carlo 1961. Jeu de la Cape is the third part of four illustrations and shows a matador in the ring using his cape to pass a charging bull. Dated lower left 6.3.1961. Printed by Fernand Mourlot - Picasso's lithographer. It's a crayon on transfer paper, transferred onto lithograph stone on creme, wove paper. The stone was ground down after painting, so no additional prints could be pulled. Framed in a silver-plated frame with white passe-partout. Additional images in the book are reproductions of Picasso drawings, pastels and gouaches.
This lithograph was donated to FARA Battersea.
This work was available at Roseberys: Art & Antiques sale - on Saturday 5th October.