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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973): Women

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Women were endlessly fascinating to Picasso, in art as in life. Desitrable yet devouring, they are the subjects of what must surely be the majority of all his art.
Au cirque / At the circus (B. 9). Original drypoint, 1905. 250 unsigned impressions for the suite of Saltimbanques published by Vollard in 1913. Ours is an impression from the cancelled plate. Picasso executed the drypoints in 1905 but could not afford the paper to print an edition. In 1913 Vollard purchased the cancelled plates and published a small edition of 250, from which our impression comes. Image size: 220x140mm. Price: $1,975.
Femme assise. Color pochoir after a painting, 1930. 1250 unsigned impressions for Eugenio d'Ors's Picasso, published in Paris in 1930. Executed with Picasso's consent and under his supervision for this early study of Picasso. The first 50 copies contained an original signed and numbered Picasso lithograph executed for this book. Image size: 252x187mm. Price: $2,275.
Peintre chauve devant son Chevalet / Bald painter at this easel (Bloch 87; Goeppert, Goeppert-Frank, and Cramer 20). Original etching, 1927. 65 signed impressions on Japan plus 340 unsigned impressions (of which 240 are printed on Rives as ours). This etching, commissioned and published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Louis Fort, was published in 1931 for his deluxe artist's book of Balzac's Le Chef-d'Oeuvre inconnu / The unknown artist's masterpiece. Each pencil-signed portfolio contained 13 unsigned etchings and 67 wood-engravings by Georges Aubert after Picasso's drawings. Illustrated in Picasso: 60 Years of Graphic Works (LA County Museum of Art, 1967, p. 37) and Magdalena M. Moeller, Picasso Druckgraphik . . . aus dem Sprengel Museum Hannover (Propylaen, 1986, p. 82). Image size: 194x278mm. Price: $6000.
Nu assis entouré d'Esquisses de Bêtes et d'Hommes / Seated Nude surrounded by sketches of animals and people (B. 91; Goeppert, Goeppert-Frank, and Cramer 20). Original etching, 1927. 65 signed impressions on Japan plus 340 unsigned impressions (of which 240 are printed on Rives as ours). This etching, commissioned and published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Louis Fort, was published in 1931 for his deluxe artist's book of Balzac's Le Chef-d'Oeuvre inconnu / The unknown artist's masterpiece. Each pencil-signed portfolio contained 13 unsigned etchings and 67 wood-engravings by Georges Aubert after Picasso's drawings. Illustrated in Picasso: 60 Years of Graphic Works (LA County Museum of Art, 1967, p. 38) and Magdalena M. Moeller, Picasso Druckgraphik . . . aus dem Sprengel Museum Hannover (Propylaen, 1986, p. 86). Image size: 194x278mm. Price: $6500.
Deux tetes de femme / Two heads of women (B. 127). Original etching, 1931. Published in the Métamorphoses d'Ovide in an edition of 145 impressions. Ours is from the edition of 100 impressions with remarques published from the cancelled plate. The publisher, Albert Skira, went on to become one of the great fine art publishers of the 1930s-1960s and founded Minotaur and Verve. Image size: 322x252mm. Price: $2500.
Days of glory (B. 372). Original etching, 1945. 1000 unsigned impressions for Jours de Gloire, 1945, a work published for the benefit of the French Red Cross to aid released French war prisoners. A work of classic elegance. Image size: 190x136mm. Price: $2500.
Carmen (Bloch 531, Goeppert & Cramer 52). Original etching, 1948. 320 portfolios of the same title published by La Bibliothèque Française (Paris, 1948). Of those portfolios, there were 189 on Montval numbered 1-189, 11 on imperial Japan contining a separate suite on grayish China paper printed from the dated plates (of which ours is one), and 20 HC on Montval. Ours is one of only 11 impressions on China paper etched in the plate in reverse lower right: "Golfe Juan Carmen 30 Mai 48 I" (The plates for the portfolio were done either in Golfe Juan or Paris and the location is specified in the 11 impressions on China paper only; they were dated, and the plate number was indicated). This is plate I of the series of etchings for the portfolio. A superb impression and very rare in this state! Illustrated in Magdalena M. Moeller, Picasso Druckgraphik . . . aus dem Sprengel Museum Hannover (Propylaen, 1986, p. 178 (they have only the regular edition on white Montval paper, not the far more rare impression we have on grayish China paper). Image size: 324x253mm. Price: $6500.
L'Ecuyere / The Horseback rider (Mourlot 333, Gauss 766, Bloch 999). Original lithograph, 1960. 200 signed and numbered impressions on thin white vellum plus 1000 impressions signed in the stone, of which ours is one. Illustrated in Picasso: 60 Years of Graphic Works (LA County Museum of Art, 1967, p. 143). Minor flaws at extreme edges of sheet. Image size: 516x646mm. Price: SOLD.
L'Ecuyere / The Horseback rider (Mourlot 333, Gauss 766, Bloch 999). Original lithograph, 1960. 200 signed and numbered impressions on thin white vellum plus 1000 impressions signed in the stone, of which ours is one. Illustrated in Picasso: 60 Years of Graphic Works (LA County Museum of Art, 1967, p. 143). Image size: 516x646mm. Price: $5000.
The Painter and his Model II (Mourlot 400, Bloch 1142). Original lithograph, 1964. 2000 unsigned impressions for the Smithsonian's Mourlot catalog + 1150 impressions for L'Atelier de Mourlot at Redfern Gallery. It is one of a long series of lithographs and etchings Picasso has made on this theme, which was particularly important to him from 1963-65. Image size: 250x180mm. Price: $1500.
Peintre et Modele aux Chevaux longs / Painter and Model with long hair (Bloch 1184). Original aquatint, 1965. 80 signed & numbered impressions on various papers + 255 unsigned impressions for the deluxe portfolio, Sable Mouvant (1966), of which our impression is one. Another from the wonderful series of prints on the theme of the artist and his model that Picasso worked on during 1963-65. Printed at Aldo Crommelynck's atelier. The work has been illustrated in several books on Picasso, including Magdalena M. Moeller, Picasso: Druckgraphik, illustrierte Bucher, Zeichnungen, Collagen und Gemalde / Prints, Illustrated Books, Drawings, Collages, and Paintings (Hannover: Sprengel Museum, 1986), p. 321, and Sebastian Goeppert, Herma Goeppert-Frank, and Patrick Cramer, Pablo Picasso The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonne (Geneva: Patrick Cramer, 1983). Image size: 387x280mm. Price: $5750.
Series 156: 70. Artist and Model / Barebreasted Woman and Man with arms crossed (Bloch 1927, Baer 1936). Original etching, 1971. 50 numbered impressions signed with the estate signature stamp plus 18 for the artist and the printer. Executed 3/10/71 and approved by Picasso before his death, this etching, like the others in this series, was printed posthumously. An artist watches a beautiful young model with her arms attached backwards. Most of the etchings in the 156 Series show artists (including Rembrandt, Degas, and Picasso himself) often aged, looking at their beautiful young models. Here the artist, who appears to be wearing 17th-century buckles on his boots, seems to be focused on the woman's eyes to the exclusion of all other aspects of her which are amply, if oddly, revealed. Image size: 210x150mm. Price: $8500.

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