(Paris 1834 – 1917)
Degas, a painter, engraver, sculptor and photographer, was famous for his pictures of the world of dance. In his last series of etchings known as the Suite 156 Picasso focused on Degas, who was said to have been celibate because of a strong fear of sex, and in this sense was the opposite pole of Raphael. Picasso's immediate reference was his private collection of monotypes by Degas depicting brothel scenes, and his main contribution was to include the figure of the Impressionist painter in his compositions.
Brothel. Degas with his sketchbook, Celestina, three young ladies, and a moroccan cushion
Mougins, 16 de març del 1971
Etching on copper, printed on Rives vellum paper (numbered artist's proof)
50,2 x 65 cm
Donació Hereus de Pablo Picasso, 1980. MPB 112.232