Pablo Picasso

Bacchanale [Bacchanal]

About this artwork

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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  • title:
    Bacchanale [Bacchanal]
  • accession number:
    GMA 825
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  • materials:
    Colour linocut on paper (25/50)
  • date created:
    1959
  • measurements:
    Image size: 52.50 x 63.60 cm; paper size: 62.10 x 75.00 cm (framed: 78.00 x 87.30 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1962
  • copyright:
    © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso