Pablo Picasso

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


Not on display

Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Part of
156 Series
Original title
Eau-forte 3 Février 1970 IV (5, 6 Mars 1970)
Etching and aquatint on paper
Unconfirmed: 500 × 420 mm
Purchased 1993

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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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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