About Ashtray Pablo Picasso Toros y Toreros (1961)
This ceramic ashtray features the Picasso Toros y Toreros illustrations made for the bullfighting book written by Luis Miguel Dominguin which includes and an essay by Georges Boudaille. Born in Spain four years after the Realist french artist Gustav Courbet died, Pablo Picasso mastered all aspects of late-19th-century Realist technique by the time he entered the Barcelona Academy of Fine Art in the late 1980s. His prodigious talent led him to experiment with a wide range of visual expression, first in Spain and then in Paris, where he settled in 1904. An artist whose importance to the history of art is uncontested, Picasso made staggering contributions to new ways of representing the surrounding world. Perhaps the most prolific artist in history, he explored virtually every artistic medium during his lengthy career but remained a traditional artist in making careful preparatory studies for each major work. Nonetheless, Picasso epitomized modernism in his enduring quest for innovation, which resulted in sudden shifts from one style to another.
The book Toros y Toreros was translated by Georges Frank and it was published by The Circle of Art, Thames, and Hudson. Picasso created the cover and illustrations of the book through the use of three sketchbooks and ink wash. The drawings were printed in the famous lithographic print house, Mourlots Studio, where artists such as Henri Matisse and Segal worked previously. Details on ashtray Picasso Toros y Toreros (1961)
- Dimensions: 4.72″ L x 3.75″ W x 1″ H (in)
- Weight: 5.4 oz (0.34 lbs)
- Material: Ceramic
- Original: Cover and Illustrations by Pablo Picasso, for – Trans. Frank, Georges. Dominguin, Luis Miguel. & Boudaille, Georges. Toros y Toreros. 1961, The Circle of Art, Thames, and Hudson.
- © Sucesión Pablo Picasso