After Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) - signed
Title: Bethsabée (Bethsheba)
Medium: Aquatint in colours, 1966 , on Rives BFK paper, signed by the artist in pencil, "Atelier Crommelynck Paris" blindstamp/chopmark lower left.
Size: Plate : 262 x 366 mm ; 10 1/4 by 14 1/4 in ; Sheet: : 450 x 560 mm ; 17 3/4 by 22 in
Published by: Atelier Crommelynck, Paris
Note: This piece was made after a painting by Rembrandt.
The story of Bethsheba and King David dates back to biblical times, referenced mainly in the Hebrew Bible, but also the Christian Bible, and Qur’an as well. David becomes attracted to Bathsheba who is the wife of Uriah, one of David's soldiers. The attraction is mutual although both know an affair would break the law of Moses. When Bathsheba discovers she is pregnant by David, the King sends for Uriah hoping he will spend time with his wife to cover her pregnancy. David's wife Michal who is aware of the affair, tells David that Uriah did not go home but slept at the castle as a sign of loyalty to his King. Frustrated, David orders Uriah to be placed on the battle's front and for the troops to withdraw leaving him to die. Uriah is reported dead and David sends a dispatch to tell Bathsheba so they can plan their marriage. King David sends her a letter both proclaiming his sympathy and also his love. In this colourful and elegant scene by Picasso, we see Bethsheba reading this letter, in a graceful indifference that makes it unclear of both her thoughts and her feelings.
Literature: Mallen, Enrique, ed. 1997-2020. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. (Reference: 66:017)
Provenance: Property from the Joanna M Champlin Trust, USA
Published by: Atelier Crommelynck Paris
Edition: Froin the signed & numbered edition of /300