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La Tauromaquia, 1959

Book

Aquatint

14.37 x 20.08 x 2.36 in

36.5 x 51.0 x 6.0 cm

Edition of 263

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About The Work

The realization of “Tauromaquia” is less immediate than it may seem, covering almost a decade of Picasso’s life. In 1927 the publisher Gustavo Gili had commissioned the artist and wanted the volume to be included in the “Ediciones de la Cometa”, owned by himself. Picasso produced several engravings for this order made by Gili, but did not provide the publisher with sufficient material to produce the entire volume. It was only in 1956 that Gili’s son, also named Gustavo, remembered Picasso’s pledge to his father, and asked him to finish the volume. The following year, in 1957, Picasso maintained this promise and delivered a complete set of engravings inspired by the Easter Bullfight of Arles and printed them in 1959. In this work, Picasso demonstrated how engravings made with simple techniques can reveal the genius of an artist. Just like this, Picasso’s masterpiece was created, made up of 26 aquatints, that transformed Pepe Hillo’s book into one of the most important art books of all time. By illustrating Pepe Hillo’s words, Picasso did not use precedent illustration books, not even from the previous Tauromaquia by the great Goya. The basis of his work was his aficionado experience as well as the great amount of observations gathered in decades of attending bull fights. The Picassian engravings are fresh and immediate, representing with vibrant spots, each and every phase of the great Spanish show. The technique used by Picasso is “Sugar lift aquatint”, a technique through which the Spanish painter emphasizes the emotion of the scenes while maintaining a formal elegance and balance of extraordinary beauty.

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