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Lot 369: PABLO PICASSO Tête de Mousquetaire.Platinum House
September 12, 2013
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Tête de Mousquetaire.
Pen and brown ink on light tan wove paper, double-sided, 1969. 225x160 mm; 9x6 1/4 inches. Signed in pencil and dated "24-4-69" in ink, upper left recto, and signed in pencil and inscribed "Jeudi" in ink, verso. Ex-collection the Waddington Galleries, London, private collection, Margate, New Jersey, thence by descent to the current owner.
Exhibited "Picasso Drawings," Waddington Galleries, London, February 10-March 7, 1970 (numbers 32 and 32a).
Published in Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1969, volume 31, numbers 157 and 158 (illustrated page 52).
Picasso mastered and modernized every art technique he explored, and drawing was no exception. His father provided Picasso with classical draughtsmanship training at a very young age, and this foundation remained with him throughout his career; some of his most profound influences included Ingres, Raphael and Rembrandt. Picasso's drawing style is principally driven by lines, shapes and tones rather than the application of color, and his drawings have the ability to exhibit his artistic facility and genius in their immeadiacy as aptly as his paintings. His drawings best reveal the scope, trajectory and evolution of his career, from classical figure studies and academic exercises to Cubist abstractions to erotic figure scenes. Of the many notable themes that ran throughout his art such as his relationships with women, the artist and the model, and the Minotaur, the current work dates from near the end of his career when he became particularly fascinated with musketeers, cavaliers and other court-like personnages.