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

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Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
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
Acquisition Purchased 1993
Not on display

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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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