Pablo Picasso Etching: 3 February 1970 IV (5, 6 March 1970) (L.10) 1970

Artwork details

Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Title
Etching: 3 February 1970 IV (5, 6 March 1970) (L.10)
Eau-forte 3 Février 1970 IV (5, 6 Mars 1970)
From 156 Series
Date 1970
Medium Etching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 500 x 420 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1993
Reference
P77583
On loan to Pace/MacGill Gallery (New York, USA)

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Picasso made this series of prints between 1970 and 1972 around the age of 90. The vitality and energy it displays is therefore quite remarkable. The variety of etching techniques he employed is equally astonishing. Picasso depicts scenes ranging from the theatre to the brothel. He quotes from many old masters including Degas, Delacroix, El Greco, Goya, Ingres, Manet, Rembrandt, Raphael and Velazquez, not to consume them but to invoke them and thereby perpetuate them. The series is a pantheon of heros and friends. The subjects of sexuality, old age, youth, potency and impotence are treated with an affectionate irony. The prints manifest a voyeuristic and vicarious enjoyment of carnal pleasure.

August 2004

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