Le Repos du Sculpteur devant une bacchanale au taureau, 1933
signed in pencil, from the edition of 260 (there was also an edition of 50 with wider margins), numbered '317' in the Petiet system lower left corner, published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939
13 3/8 x 17 1/2 in. (34 x 44.5 cm.)
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Picasso enjoyed an exceptionally long and fruitful career and produced an estimated 50,000 artworks throughout his life spanning all media. Experimenting with different styles and techniques, he is regarded as a founding father of Cubism, an art style inspired by the geometric shapes that come together to create larger forms and figures. He employed these techniques in sculptures, paintings, drawings, and ceramics, and many other artists drew inspiration from this movement.
Pablo Picasso created over 100 etchings in a collection called the Vollard Suite during the period of 1930-1937. The name Vollard Suite refers to the art dealer, Ambroise Vollard, who commissioned the works. Noteworthy is the minotaur featured amongst the pile of bodies depicted in this image – he used the minotaur motif in a many of the works he produced during this time, and is thought to represent forbidden desires and complicated emotions. Picasso’s work is among the most expensive in the world, and several of his pieces hold records across several auction houses for fetching the highest sale prices in different categories.