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No. 5–Athenian Warrior: The Peace

No. 5–Athenian Warrior: The Peace

(Spanish, 1881–1973)
Platemark: 21.7 x 14.7 cm (8 9/16 x 5 13/16 in.); Sheet: 38.3 x 28 cm (15 1/16 x 11 in.)
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Geiser II.164.391


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: depicting the result of their efforts: the peace agreement and the following celebration. To suggest and complement the story’s setting, Picasso used a classical linear style inspired by Greek art.
  • Fairy Tales and Fables: Illustration and Storytelling in Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 4-September 8, 2024).
    Prints Accessioned in 1935. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 14-November 8, 1936).
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