Dream and Lie of Franco Series
- plate#1, scene #9
- (1937), etching and sugar-lift aquatint
- 12 x 16.5 in. (30.5 x 41.9 cm.)
- Private collection
“The ninth and final scene on the first plate shows Franco riding a pig instead of a horse, which resembles the character of Don Quixote. This character has a wild imagination and he believes himself to be on a strong horse, the opposite of reality, and about to attack opposing windmills that are viewed by Don Quixote as giants. Franco is depicted on his pig, not a noble steed, and about to attack a sun representing truth and light amidst the chaos, instead of giants. The banner that he has been carrying throughout the etching and used to attack Pegasus is now raised and aimed at the sun in the upper left corner. This sun is face-less, unlike the one seen in the first scene. The once oblivious sun is now preparing for an attack in a tilted attempt to protect its truth from inevitable destruction.”
From: A Look Inside Picasso’s War Images by Elizabeth Francesconi; Southern Methodist University
About the Artist
Pablo Picasso, Spain, (1881-1973). A painter, sculptor, draughtsman, printmaker, decorative artist and writer, Picasso is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art. No other artist is more associated with the term Modern Art than Pablo Picasso.
Picasso created thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics during a time span of about 75 years. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work.
Viewed as the greatest art genius of the twentieth century by some, others consider him a gifted charlatan. Even artists and critics not influenced by the style or appearance of his work had to come to terms with its implications. What is undisputed is the fact that his work influenced and dominated the art of the twentieth century like no other modern artist and his personality and showmanship was central in the development of the worlds image of the modern artist. [DES-12/09]