DescriptionPablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Scène de Tauromachie, 1962
Ink, wash, and chalk on paper
13 x 20-1/4 inches (33.0 x 51.4 cm)
Signed, dated and inscribed lower left: Pablo Picasso / 12.12.62 / Pour Janine et Francis Crémieux, leur ami
Francis and Janine Crémieux;
Sotheby's New York, April 14, 1983, lot 175;
Private collection, New York, acquired from the above.
We wish to thank Claude Picasso for confirming the authenticity of this work, which is accompanied by his photo-certificate dated November 17, 2010.
Scène de tauromachie is an ink drawing on paper that depicts a bullfighting scene, a reoccurring subject in Pablo Picasso's work specifically after the mid-1950s. The work, executed on December 12, 1962 while Picasso was living in the South of France, depicts a bull charging a picador and matador across the center of the page and Carmen printed just above in capital letters. Picasso drew inspiration from Carmen, a fictional woman from Prosper Mérimée's 1845 novella that was adapted into an opera of the same name by Georges Bizet. Carmen personified the themes of sex, love, and tragedy found consistently throughout his work.
Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Málaga, Spain. It was here that he developed his interest in bullfighting and the ceremonious victory of man over beast. Throughout his career, he often portrayed himself as a bull or the mythical Minotaur. "If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a Minotaur."
Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000.
Framed Dimensions 27 X 33 Inches
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