Aristophanes' Lysistrata

No. 1–Oath of the Women, Accord between the Spartans

1934
(Spanish, 1881–1973)
Platemark: 21 x 13.7 cm (8 1/4 x 5 3/8 in.); Sheet: 38 x 28 cm (14 15/16 x 11 in.)
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Geiser II.160.387
State: IIb
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In 1934, Pablo Picasso illustrated a new edition of Lysistrata,a comedy by ancient Greek writer Aristophanes. In the play, the women of Athens, led by Lysistrata, compel the men around them to end an ongoing war with the city-state of Sparta by maintaining celibacy until the fighting concluded. This etching—from a portfolio published alongside the book—corresponds to the main scene of the story: showing Lysistrata convincing the women of Athens to work together. To suggest and complement the story’s setting, Picasso used a classical linear style inspired by Greek art.
No. 1–Oath of the Women, Accord between the Spartans

No. 1–Oath of the Women, Accord between the Spartans

1934

Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881–1973)
Spain, 20th century

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