Three faces set whimsically inside the head of a bull, with the elements
of the profile designs reflected on each side,set against alluring
colours, creating a classic Picasso design.
"The most important of the compositions which Picasso made
in the 1950's were inspired by his passion for the bullfight and
his involvement with making ceramics at Vallauris. The emotional
drama, the colour, the panache and the clash of strength and power
which are the essence of the Bullfight and so much a central element
in the Spanish character were a vital element in Picasso's inspiration.
In the years from the 1950's onwards, as he found himself increasingly
tortured by finding the means of expression or the issues in his
art, so the Bullfight also became one of the principal ways that
he found release and entertainment" (Weston)
"Picasso received commissions from the Vallauris Potters Association
to make posters to promote the region and its products. That was
when Picasso became a successful poster artist. From this date on,
with his intuition of genius and the virtuosity which accompanied
his artistic production, Picasso began to produce posters of great
originality, some of them true masterpieces" (Picasso
During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed
most of the "original" posters of the most important artists
of the day. In 1959 they printed the series "Affiches Originales"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the "original"
posters created by the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque,
Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.