Bacchanale [Bacchanal]
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Bacchanale [Bacchanal] 1959
This bold and lively print shows a celebration on a hillside, with dancers and musicians accompanied by a goat. In 1959, the year this linocut was made, Picasso developed a new and simple method of printing. Instead of using a separate linoleum block for each colour, he cut the block, printed a full edition of fifty sheets, and then returned to the same block which he re-cut and then reprinted in a different colour over the same sheets. Most of the linocuts he made from 1959-62 were printed in a limited range of colours and overlaid with a black design, as with this work.

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A relief print produced in a similar way to a woodcut, but using a layer of linoleum, sometimes mounted on wood. As a cheap and easy way of producing prints, linocuts are often used by amateur artists but the method was also employed by Matisse in the late 1930s and by Picasso.



  • Acc. No. GMA 825
  • Medium Colour linocut on paper (25/50)
  • Size 52.50 x 63.60 cm (paper 62.10 x 75.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1962