Picasso Spanish (1881-1973)
Plate: MP. 94
|Title: Toros Vallauris 1958 (The Matador)
from the "Affiches Originales" series.
Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959.
Signed and dated in the plate.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
(or by Air Post at cost)
Certificate of Authenticity.
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| Sheet Size:
||9 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in
||23.5 cm x 32 cm
|Price: $195.00 USD
"In the 'Matador' the black main block reveals the glowing orange-yellow
below, evoking the quality of the heat of the sun on the shining sand
of the bullfight arena. The most important of the compositions which
Picasso made in the 1950's were inspired by his passion for the bullfight
and his involve-ment 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.