La Taberna, Jeune Pêcheur Catalan Racontant sa Vie à un Vieux Pêcheur Barbu

Pablo Picasso
La Taberna, Jeune Pêcheur Catalan Racontant sa Vie à un Vieux Pêcheur Barbu
Etching
November 29, 1934

An original Pablo Picasso Etching.

(The Tavern. A Young Catalan Fisherman Sharing Stories with an Old Bearded Fisherman)

November 29, 1934

Original etching printed in black ink on Montval laid paper bearing the “Vollard” watermark.

A richly printed impression of the only state, printed after the steelfacing of the plate, from the edition of 260 printed on this paper (there were a further 50 impressions printed on Montval laid paper with wider margins and the “Montgolfier” watermark, and three impressions printed on parchment). Plate 12 of 100 from the Suite Vollard. Published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939. Printed by Roger Lacourière, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 228; Geiser 442 B.d

Platemark: 9 1/16 x 11 11/16 inches Sheet size: 13 5/16 x 17 1/2 inches

Two sailors wearing Phrygian caps, are seen here drinking at a table. One of them, heavily worked in line, is smoking a pipe while listening to a story told by the other, who is merely sketched in outline. The fact that the storyteller is reduced here to his simplest form shows that it is the story he is telling and the interest of the pipe-smoker which are the most important elements of the composition. Picasso has made here a reference to Greek mythology and the figures of Theseus and Oedipus in his storytelling approach.

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