From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 49)
Medium: Etching printed on Montval laid paper with Vollard watermark
Edition: From the edition of 50
Year: 1933
Signed: Signed in pencil
Plate Size: 10.5 x 7.625"
Sheet Size: 19.75" x 15.25"
Reference: Bloch 158
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From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 74)
Medium: Etching printed on Montval laid paper with Montfolfier
Edition: From the edition of 50 
Year: 1933
Plate Size: 10 1/2" x 7 5/8"
Sheet Size: 19 3/4" x 15 1/4"
Reference: Bloch 187
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From the Suite Vollard (S.V. 74)
Medium: Drypoint and scraper printed on Japon nacré
Edition: From the edition of 180 of the second (final) state
Year: 1951
Signed: Lower right in pencil, numbered lower left in pencil
Plate Size: 5 3/8" x 4"
Sheet Size: 12 1/2" x 9"
Reference: Bloch 1837
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Perhaps the best known and most influential artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso is a legend whose name has become synonymous with avant-garde artistry and sheer creative genius. Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain, on October 25, 1881. His father, an art school instructor who immediately recognized his son’s talent, encouraged Picasso to study at La Lonja’s School of Fine Arts in Barcelona and later at the San Fernando Academy in Madrid. Bored with the restraints of academics, he dropped out and pursued his own course of artistic development, studying the works of Goya, van Gogh, Cezanne, and others. At 18, Pablo Picasso put together his first solo exhibition. In October 1900, Picasso moved to Paris, where dealers soon expressed interest in his work, and he was able to earn a living from selling his pieces.

Picasso continually reinvented his art, adopting and pioneering new styles and techniques throughout his lifetime. Perhaps the most famous phase in his career began around 1908, when he and Georges Braque revolutionized the art world by creating a movement known as Cubism. The goal of Cubism was to show objects not as they appear in a particular time or place, but rather as they are perceived and understood by the intellect. The artist’s responsibility was no longer simply to copy nature or mirror reality, but instead to create a new reality. Cubist works created new relationships between artist and viewer, forcing the viewer to take an active role in creating the picture by picking out imagery and assembling it like pieces of a puzzle.

The artist continued to create prolifically throughout his long life, working simultaneously in various styles of expression as well as various media. Although best known for his paintings, Picasso also worked extensively in sculpture, ceramics, etchings, and lithography. For him, art was closely related to life, and he often referred to his work as a form of diary. Consequently, much of Pablo Picasso’s art is heavily influenced by the man he was – his Spanish heritage, his infamous relationships with women, and his passionate and rebellious approach to the world around him. Picasso died on April 8, 1973, at the age of ninety-one.