Peintre ramassant son panceau

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Peintre Ramassant Son Panceau

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)


In 1927, Ambroise Vollard commissioned Picasso to illustrate Honoré de Balzac's strange 1837 tale Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece).

Balzac related a story of a celebrated painter who had secretly worked for ten years on a portrait of his model into which he had invested all of his creativity.  When the "masterpiece" was shown, viewers saw only an impenetrable web of lines and colors, which were incomprehensible to everyone but the artist.

Object Information

artist
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
creation date
1931
materials
etching
mark descriptions
inscribed in ink below image L.L.: 62/99 | signed in ink below image, L.R.: Picasso
accession number
69.5
credit line
Commissions and the Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
copyright
© Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors