Pablo Picasso: Experiments in Linogravure
This poster featuring Pique. III (1959) was produced in 2010, in conjunction with Pablo Picasso: Experiments in Linogravure at Gagosian, Merlin Street, Athens. The two-color linocut is a dynamic graphic depiction of a bullfighter in action—a favorite subject of Picasso, who was drawn to the sport’s ritual and symbolism. The exhibition focused on linocuts made between 1959 and 1963, when the artist was collaborating with local printer Hidalgo Arnéra in the South of France. At the beginning of this period, Picasso developed a simplified technique that involved progressively recutting the same linoleum block and reprinting with it rather than using a separate block for each color.