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Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, active France, 1881–1973
Printer: Ambroise Vollard, French, 1867–1939
Publisher: Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut, Paris, founded 1929

Two Statues

May 5, 1933

Etching

platemark: 26.4 × 19.1 cm (10 3/8 × 7 1/2 in.)
The Ernest C. Steefel Collection of Graphic Art, Gift of Ernest C. Steefel
1958.52.90
In this powerful etching, Picasso depicts a classical sculptor whose swirling, piercing eyes gaze at a seated female sculpture at left. Her striking profile is inspired not only by Picasso’s recent sculptures of his model, Marie-Thérèse Walter, but also by an African D’mba mask from the Baga people, in Guinea, which Picasso then had in his personal collection. Picasso suggests a charged confrontation between classical and African sculpture through a dense layer of frenzied etched lines that veil the image and transform it from a depiction of the artist’s studio into an evocation of the space of imagination itself.
Geography: 
Made in France
Culture: 
Spanish
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Bibliography: 

Susan Greenberg Fisher et al., Picasso and the Allure of Language, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009), 23, 119–25, no. 14a, ill.

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