%C2%A9 Estate of Pablo Picasso %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Après la Pique, 1959


Color linocutexpand_more

Gift of the Harriet Hanley Estateexpand_more  2002.113

Not on Viewexpand_more

In 1958, Picasso moved with Jacqueline Roque (who would become his second wife in 1961) to the Château de Vauvenargues in the South of France. There they were close to the village of Vallauris, which had recently begun to permit bullfighting. Picasso and Roque were passionate about the bullfight, and he now returned to this subject, which had fascinated him earlier in his career.

Après la Pique depicts the moment when the picador (on the blindfolded horse) has thrust his sharpened lance into the bull’s neck to weaken its shoulder muscles. For this dynamic image of power and struggle, Picasso chose the relief printmaking technique of linoleum cut, using this simple medium to explore form and contrast in expressive ways.

Après la Pique
Artist Life
(active France), 1881–1973
Accession Number
(R.S. Johnson Fine Art, Chicago); sold to MIA, 2002.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bloch 910; Baer 1230
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