Pablo Picasso

Etching: 1, 5 March 1972 (L.155)

1972

Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Part of
156 Series
Original title
Eau-forte 1, 5 Mars 1972
Medium
Etching, drypoint and aquatint on paper
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 370 x 500 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1993
Reference
P77590

Not on display

Display caption

This etching, dating from March 1972, is almost the last in the group of 156 prints known as the '156 Series'. It does not contain as much of the overt erotic imagery which characterises the series as a whole, although the naked female figure on the right of the composition has all the sexual exuberance of earlier images. In later life Picasso mastered a variety of print-making techniques which he employed with remarkable directness and vigour. The '156 Series', in which he frequently combined a number of different techniques in one image, constitutes a virtuoso performance in this medium.

Gallery label, August 2004

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