Pablo Picasso. Luncheon on the Grass, after Manet, I (Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, d'après Manet, I). 1962, published 1963

Pablo Picasso Luncheon on the Grass, after Manet, I (Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, d'après Manet, I) 1962, published 1963

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Like many artists, Picasso looked to the history of art for inspiration. From the late 1940s to the early 1960s he focused with particular intensity on individual works by past masters, making variations in painting, drawing, sculpture, and prints. The work of these historic figures had a catalytic impact on Picasso at a time when contemporary art—the various forms of Abstract Expressionism, for example—was going in directions counter to his own aesthetic concerns.

The painting Luncheon on the Grass by Édouard Manet was the starting point for an extensive series by Picasso, including twenty–seven paintings, one hundred and fifty drawings, eighteen maquettes, and five prints.

Gallery label from Picasso: Variations and Themes, March 28–September 30, 2010.
Medium
Linoleum cut
Dimensions
composition: 20 15/16 x 25 1/4" (53.2 x 64.2 cm); sheet: 24 7/16 x 29 5/8" (62 x 75.3 cm)
Publisher
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Printer
Arnéra, Vallauris, France
Edition
50
Credit
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg
Object number
2184.1967
Copyright
© 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Drawings and Prints

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