Pablo Picasso:
Painting "King Caspar"

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Ars Mundi special edition | Limited, 1000 copies | Reproduction on hand-made paper | Solid wood frame | Glazed | Format: 27 x 33 cm.

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Pablo Picasso: Painting "King Caspar"

"At the age of 6, I was able to paint like an adult, however I had to be 70 to learn how to paint like a child", said Pablo Picasso winking to these colorful and vivid illustrations he made to the book "Gavilla des Fábulas sin amor" by the Spanish writer and Nobel-prize winner Camilo José Cela (1916-2002). All the illustrations were created in a day, on June 13, 1960, in the studio in Cannes.

The Pablo Picasso Estate, Paris, granted ars mundi the permission to issue an exclusive, limited edition of four of the nicest illustrations to "Gavilla des Fábulas sin amor", on fine hand-made paper. Each color was printed separately as true color – in total, 12 colors were used, as in the Picasso´s original crayon drawings. Limited edition, 1000 copies. In an elegant solid wood frame, glazed. Format: 27 x 33 cm. ars mundi special edition. All reproductions: Copyright Succession Picasso / VG Picture-Kunst, Bonn 2004.

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Pablo PicassoMonumental artist from Spain (1881-1973) The painting is stronger than I am; "it forces me to do what it wants." (Pablo Picasso).

At the age of 12, he could already paint like Raphael, 20 large university professors could not convey more great insights when it comes to art. As Pablo Picasso in the biblical age of 91 died, he left the world a complete works of over 40.000 works - and the certainty of the most important artist of the 20th century.

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (October 25th, 1881 Malaga - April 8, 1973 Mougins) was his whole life to the search for new artistic means of expression. He always combined endless ingenuity with courage for radical innovations. With unmatched versatility, his work presents the modern and contemporary art in new design: lively, diverse and stimulating. Picasso's art always remains physically: women, suggested harlequins, Flamenco guitars, doves and black bulls: what his eye also covered it is and remains pervaded by Picasso's irresistible charisma.

In addition, his work always delighted, as it is to squeeze in any style, is versatile and surprising. Down with style! Does God have perhaps a style? He has created the guitar, the Harlequin, the dog, the cat, the owl, the dove. Just like me. Elephant and whale that's not bad, but elephant and squirrels? A wild mix! He created what did not exist. Me too."

Picasso had his first solo exhibition in Barcelona at the age of 19, then, he moved to the art metropolis of the turn of the century, to Paris. His star quickly rose to the sky and he became a celebrated artist. It starts with the Blue and Rose Periods. Then, he developed a new revolutionary art, Cubism with Georges Braque from the art of indigenous peoples. In the 20s, his motives were monumental, and classified. Then he made the contact with the surrealists which was noticeable in his works. His artistic peak was reached with the mural Guernica, which was created under the impressions of the Spanish Civil War. After the Second World War, he moved back to France and turned especially to the lithography and the ceramic.

His imagery are always mirrors of his own life. His partners and his children, as well as the Bull Fighting, which he has lifelong admired, represent the main topics in his monumental masterpieces.

In numerous variations Picasso portrayed himself as well as historical painters like Degas, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec to the easel. Each material and each technique was stimulated by Pablo Ruiz Picasso to create new artwork: wax-chalks, oil on canvas, silk, sculptures, ceramic - the versatility of the great Spaniard was overwhelming.

Picasso's fellow artist Max Ernst once said: "... Nevertheless, against him nobody can arrive, nevertheless, that is the genius.” This judgment of the great surrealists underlines the unique rank which Picasso occupies in the 20th century art history.

The auction of the estate of Picasso's long-time companion Dora Maar was the big Paris art auction event of the century. The collection, which is unequalled, achieved record prices. The demand for Picasso's drawings, which is by far the part of the estimates. Dora Maar once said about Picasso: "If the women change in his life, everything else will also change, the house, the favourite poet, the friendship, the style.” Throughout his life he sought with a variety of artistic means for new ways of expression.

Today reach high-profile exhibitions all over the world record number of visitors, which testifies his continuing popularity.

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