Bacchanale with Owl
Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Date: December 2, 1959, in Cannes
Medium: Linoleum cut printed in taupe and black
Dimensions: Print 533 x 635mm, 21 x 25″; Sheet 622 x 752mm, 24 1/2 x 29 5/8″
Signature: Signed “Picasso” in pencil in the lower right
References: Bloch 938; Baer 1265 III Ba; Kramer Collection 43
Edition: From the numbered edition of 50 (there were also about 20 artist’s proofs); printed by Arnéra and published by Galerie Louise Leiris in 1960.
Paper: Arches; untrimmed
Impression: Very fine
Price: Upon request
This moving, animated color linocut is a fine examplar of Picasso’s celebration of life. The colliding groups of parallel lines is an inventive artifice, creating a backdrop of a convulsive mountainscape of which these revelers, lost in the moment, are apparently heedless.