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Pablo Picasso El Arrastre

Pablo Picasso El Arrastre

Plate 23 from Jose Delgado, La Toromaquia

Original  sugar lift Aquatint, 1957, on Guarro wove paper with bull's head watermark, an unsigned (as normal) proof

Size: 7-3/4 x 11-1/2 in. (plate) 13-5/8 x 19-3/8 in. (sheet);

Edition:  There was a total edition of 263 copies on Guarro wove paper with the Bull watermark.The achieve d’impimerur wrongly states that all the copies were signed by the artist. Many were not signed - including our copy.

Printed by:  Talleres de Jaume Pla, Barcelona, for the drypoint, Atelier Lacourier for the drypoint.

Published by: Ediciones de la Cometa, Barcelona, publisher, 1959


Barrachina, Jaime et al. Museu Picasso: Catálogo de pintura y dibujo. Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona. 1986. (112.789)

Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié, 4 vol. Berne: Kornfeld and Klipstein. 1968-1979. (Bloch 972)

Goeppert, Sebastian, Herma Goeppert-Frank & Patrick Cramer. Pablo Picasso: Catalogue

Raisonné des livre Illustres. Geneva: Patrick Cramer. 1983. (Cramer 100)

Public Collections: 

Museum of Modern Art New York (MOMA)

The Louis E. Stern Collection

Picasso Museum, Paris

Note.  Pablo Picasso was a keen follower of the Corrida and much of his art, especially in the 1950’s, was devoted to this subject. Our work was published and included in the book “La Tauromachia” by Jose Delgrado alias Pepe Illo (Published in 1959). In the spring of 1957, at Cannes, several days after the Easter Corrida at Arles, Picasso started work on this project. Using a brush, he painted on the copper plates directly, creating a sort of “stenogram” of light and shade, which is the modern equivalent of Goya’s Tauromachia of 1815. Altogether the artist made 26 Aquatint’s, of which this is one, to accompany the text written by the famous torero, Pepe Illo; his manure, published in 1796, was the first handbook for torero’s and aficionados.  

The etching is an unusual shape being aligned considerably to the left. This was done because the Bulls Head watermark is always situated bottom right and there is additional space required to place this on an unpainted area. The cancelled plate is in the Picasso Museum, Barcelona.