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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Linocut

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.

Linocut

Details

  • 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