Artworks by Pablo Picasso, as well as ephemera or items drawn from his work, are popular with collectors on Artsy. There are many pieces that, while authorized by Picasso or by his estate after his death, were not made by the artist and can therefore be challenging to clearly and accurately represent. These guidelines are meant to help you optimize your Picasso listings for collectors on Artsy, while avoiding common pitfalls that may result in your works being unpublished.
In order for a work to be listed as by Pablo Picasso, one of the following must be true:
- The work was created by Pablo Picasso, during his lifetime
- The work was created posthumously, but is authorized by the Pablo Picasso estate. Please note that there have been multiple iterations of Picasso's authorized body, these include, but are not limited to, Succession Picasso, as well as individual family members, ex: Marina Picasso. These items can include exhibition posters as well as art merchandise, and should be listed as reproduction, ephemera, editioned multiple, or non-editioned multiple.
- The work was not created directly by Picasso, but was completed during the artist's lifetime and with his permission. This includes exhibition posters that are included in the Picasso catalogue raisonné of posters, and should be listed as reproduction, ephemera, editioned multiple, or non-editioned multiple.
If the item does not fall into either of the above categories, the work should be listed as "After Pablo Picasso." Please note that any unauthorized reproductions or unauthorized works that use the imagery of Picasso cannot be listed on Artsy.
If a work is miscataloged, our catalog operations team will reach out with instructions to amend the listing or request additional information. If the listing is not updated or our team does not receive the information we request, the listing will be unpublished.
After three such cases, we may take action with regards to your account, such as unpublishing works, suspending your use of Buy Now and Make Offer, or suspending or terminating your account. We understand that good faith mistakes may happen, and so we will typically issue a warning before such action, although we reserve the right to take action earlier based on the severity of the misrepresentation.