Danse Nocturne avec un Hibou (Night Dance with an Owl)

Maker and role
Artist: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973
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Object detail

image, 20 3/4 x 24 3/4in (52.7 x 62.9cm)
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Gift of the Friends of the McNay
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Further information
The McNay's impression of Danse Nocturne avec un Hibou is a color proof, an experiment with a unique and particularly beautiful color combination. Picasso first printed a block of solid black onto a cream-colored paper. On top of this black field, he printed the design block, with its outlines of frolicking dancers, in white. The combination of the black and white pigments creates the soft gray-blue that makes this print such a beautiful example of linoleum block printing.
Picasso: Peintre-​Graveur; Brigitte Bern; 1933-1996; 1256
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; 123
From Goya to Johns: Fifty Master Prints from the McNay Art Museum; Lyle W. Williams, Richard Hemphill, William J. Chiego; 2004; 98
Signature & date
Dated u.r.: 19.11.59
Inscribed u.r.: IIc ETAT
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