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Eau forte 4 août 1968 II(231 views)
Description: Etching from the 347 Series. Signed and numbered 45/50.
Condition Report: Good condition, some minor time staining.
Notes: Picasso created the 347 series in 1968, aptly named for the number of prints it comprised. "As a result of an ulcer operation in November 1965, Picasso had given up traveling and become something of a recluse. Except for his wife Jacqueline, her daughter Catherine, the Bresnus [his chauffeur and the chauffeurs spouse] and a few professional associates (notably the Crommelynck brothers who worked on his prints), he saw very few people. To extend the cast of characters in his imagery, Picasso was obliged to invoke figures from his past as well as from his pantheon of favorite painters. Hence, former mistresses, Barcelona whores, harlequins and circus folk from the Rose period rub shoulders with personages from the work of Raphael, Rembrandt, Goya, Ingres, Degas and van Gogh, and sometimes the artists themselves. Picasso came up with stories or plays without texts. He provides only the illustrations; it is up to us to discern the plot and guess at the hidden links. Old age is the principal theme of these dazzling drawings, in which the sardonic artists allegorizes ruefully but never self-pityingly the humiliating plight of an eighty-nine year old Lothario with a burnt-out libido. The resultant images are dream images. As in a dream, everythingtime, place, identityis in a state of flux. Picassos sexual powers may have wanedimpotence is thought to have set in around his eightieth yearbut sex was still very much on his mind. We dont do it any more, but the desire is still with us, he told Brassai. To compensate for his loss of libido, Picasso came to see sex and art, the brothel and the studio, as metaphors for each otherthe sexual act standing for the creative act, and vice-versa." - John Richardson, A Life of Picasso
Dimensions: 6.9 x 10.2 inches
Artist or Maker: Picasso, Pablo
Literature: Reference: Bloch 1721