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after Pablo Picasso - Bathsheba (after Rembrandt)

Pablo Picasso Bathsheba

Aquatint in colours, 1966,  on BFK Rives wove paper,  with watermark,  with wide margins, signed by the artist in pencil, with the Publishers embossed blindstamp

Size: Image size : 10¼ x 14½ in. (260 x 368 mm.) Sheet size : 17¾ x 22 1/8 in. (451 x 562 mm.)

Note one the subject: Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite and later of David, king of Israel. . She is most known for the bible story in which King David seduced her. Bathsheba was a daughter of Eliam, one of David's chief advisors.  The story of David’s seduction of Bathsheba is told in 2 Samuel 11. The king was walking on the roof of his palace  and saw Bathsheba, who was then the wife of Uriah, bathing. He desired her and made her pregnant. David summoned Uriah from the army in the hope that he would re-consummate his marriage and believe the child was his. Uriah was unwilling to violate the ancient kingdom rule applying to warriors in active service. Rather than go home to his own bed, he preferred to remain with the palace troops. After repeated efforts to convince Uriah to fertilize Bathsheba, the king gave the order to his general, Joab,  that Uriah should be abandoned during a heated battle and left to the hands of the enemy. Ironically, David had Uriah himself carry the message that ordered his death. After Uriah was dead, David made the now widowed Bathsheba his wife.David's action was displeasing to the Lord, who accordingly sent Nathan the prophet to reprove the king. Nathan  prophesied that David's house would be cursed with turmoil because of this murder. This came to pass years later when one of David's much-loved sons, Absolem, led an insurrection that plunged the kingdom into civil war. In David's old age, Bathsheba secured the succession to the throne of her son Solomon, instead of David's eldest surviving son, Adonijah. The subject of this famous Biblical story is one which crops up repeatedly by members of the School of Paris - especially Chagall and Picasso both of whom seem to have been fascinated by the tale. This work is after a painting by Rembrandt entitled “Bathsheba with King David’s letter

Note on the printer: In 1959 the brothers Crommelynck opened their printing atelier in the rue de Gergovie, Paris. They had been working in the Atelier of Roger Lacourier since they were both 17 years old and that it where they met Pablo Picasso. Their new business was an instant commercial success and they worked with a number of very well known artists such as André Masson, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Arp, Tal Coat, Zao Wou-ki, Hans Hartung, and Joan Miró. In 1963 Aldo and Piero moved to Mouguins in the South of France where they worked with Picasso until his death in 1973. After Picasso’s death the brothers returned to Paris before going their separate ways in 1985. In 1986 Aldo opened an Atelier in New York with the famous dealer, Daniel Wildenstein where he worked with artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruska and Keith Haring.  The Atelier produced a number of works “after” the artist which were approved and signed by him. This is an example of this cooperation.,

Printed by:  Atelier Crommelynck, France

Literature: Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2017. (66:017)

Edition: 265/300