Paintings and Drawings

Arlequin et Croquis d’Animaux (recto), Portées musicales (verso), SOLD

Harlequin and Animal Sketches (recto), Musical Staff (verso) Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: Circa 1918 Medium: Pen and ink on paper Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm, 10.6 x 8.3″ Inscription (by another hand, verso): “essai de plume à musique et autres fait par Picasso chez Valentine Hugo” Authentication: The work is sold with photocertificates of authenticity from Claude Picasso and from Maya Widmaier Picasso. Provenance: Acquired near the time of its creation by a family living in the same building as Valentine Hugo, the French artist who was also Picasso’s friend; thence by descent. Price: Sold

Femme Assise (sold)

Femme Assise (sold)

Seated Woman Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: Nov. 21, 1920 Medium: Conté crayon on paper Dimensions: 279 x 210mm, 11 x 8 1/4″ Signature: Signed and dated “Picasso 21-11-20”, top right References: • C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso: Supplement aux volumes 1a 5, Paris, 1954, vol. VI, no. 1396 (illustrated). • H. Chip and A. Wofsy, The Picasso Project : Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue 1885-1973, Neoclassicism I 1920-1921, San Francisco, 1995, no. 20-460, p.143 (illustrated). • J. Palau i Fabre, Picasso: From the Ballets to Drama (1917-1926), Madrid, 1999, no. 882, illustrated p. 240, text reference p. 243. • Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2017. OPP.20:365 ills. Provenance: • Saidenberg Gallery, New York. […]

Tête de Femme (sold)

Tête de Femme en Gris et Rouge (sold)

Head of a Woman in Gray and Red Date: December, 1926 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 22.2 x 14 cm. (8 ¾ x 5 ½ inches) Inscription: Inscribed “Décembre 26” on the stretcher in Picasso’s distinctive handwriting References: • The Picasso Project (Wofsy), Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue 1885-1973, Toward Surrealism 1925-1929, San Francisco, 1996, no. 26-097, ills. p. 76. • Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso 1917-1926: From the Ballets to Drama, English edition published by Konemann, Cologne, 1999, full-length, three-quarter page color illustration on page 482. • David Douglas Duncan, Picasso’s Picassos, Ballantine Books, New York, 1968, ills. p.211. • Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2017. OPP.26:003, ills. Provenance: • […]

Femme se Coiffant

Femme se Coiffant (sold)

Woman Arranging Her Hair Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: August 19, 1952 Medium: Brush and ink painting on paper Dimensions: 505 x 660 mm, 19 7/8 x 26″ Signature: Signed “Picasso” in red pencil and dated “19.8.52.IV”, upper right References: • C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1976, vol. XXV, no. 220, illustrated pl. 127. H. Chipp and A. Wofsy, The Picasso Project: Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: The Fifties I, 1950-1955, San Francisco, 2000, no. 52-041, ills. p. 87. • Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2017. OPP.52:178 ills. Exhibition history: Pablo Picasso: Preoccupations and Passions, Naples Museum of Art, January 29-May 18, 2008 Provenance: Acquired in Paris circa 1959 by a private collector Acquired by descent from […]

Nu Couché (sold)

Reclining Nude Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: January 20, 1964 Location: Notre-Dame-de-Vie, Mougins Medium: Mine de plomb, or lead pencil, according to Zervos, though it appears to be rendered entirely, or almost entirely, in charcoal Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm, 5 5/8 x 8 1/4″ References: • C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 24, Oeuvres de 1964, Paris, 1971, no. 49 (ills. pl. 14). • A. & M. Glimcher (eds.), Je suis le cahier, The Sketchbooks of Picasso, London, 1986, no. 173, p. 346. • H. Chipp & A. Wofsy, The Picasso Project: Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Sixties II, 1964-1967, San Francisco, 2002, no. 64-039, ills. p. 11. • G. Schiff, Picasso at Work at Home: Selections from the Marina Picasso Collection, 1985 (ills. p. […]

Deux Têtes (sold)

Two Heads Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: November 12, 1969 Medium: Fountain pen with blue ink on buff-colored paper Dimensions: 508 x 657 mm, 20 x 25 7/8″ Signature: Signed “Picasso” and dated, top center References: • C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso: Oeuvres de 1969, Paris, 1976, vol. XXXI, no. 494, illustrated p. 153. • H. Chip and A. Wofsy, The Picasso Project : Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue 1968-1969, San Francisco, 2003, no. 69-498, illustrated p. 268. • Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2017. OPP.69:111 ills. Provenance: • Sala Gaspar, Barcelona • Private collection, Paris • Sotheby’s London, June 20, 2006, lot 223 Price: Sold In his eighties and nineties, Picasso faced up to his own […]

Original Prints

Saltimbanque au Repos

Saltimbanque au Repos

Acrobat at Rest Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1905, Paris Medium: Drypoint on copper Dimensions: Print 120 x 87mm, 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 “; sheet 349 x 270mm, 13 3/4 x 10 5/8” Signature: Signed in the plate, bottom right.  The edition was not hand-signed. References: Bloch 10 Baer 12 b2 Edition: From the unsigned edition of 250 on Van Gelder wove printed by Fort for Vollard in 1913. There was also an unsigned edition of 27 or 29 on Japan laid, and, prior to steelfacing, also about a dozen mostly signed proofs. Paper: Van Gelder wove; trimmed Impression: Average or more likely above average, with a small amount of plate tone diffusely Condition: Fine, margins partly trimmed, in an original 17th century (or so) Italian frame Price: Upon request […]

Peintre et Modèle Tricotant, from Le Chef D’Oeuvre Inconnu

Painter and Model Knitting (from The Unknown Masterpiece) Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1927 Medium: Etching on copper Dimensions: Print 197 x 279 mm, 7 3/4 x 11”; Sheet 254 x 330 mm, 10 x 13″ References: Bloch 85; Geiser (Baer) 126b1β Edition: From the deluxe edition of 70 on japon impérial edited by Vollard;  there was also an unsigned edition of 340 on Rives wove and an edition of 99 on Van Gelder wove signed in a light brown pigment. Paper: Japon impérial; untrimmed Impression: Exceptional, as it is on japon paper Condition: Excellent, framed (gold-leaf, 18 x 20 1/2″) Provenance: Private collection, NY Price: On request   In 1931, Picasso created a series of book illustrations for a deluxe edition of Balzac’s short story, Le Chef d’Oeuvre Inconnu  (The Unknown Masterpiece). Balzac had […]

Vertumne Poursuit Pomone de son Amour

Vertumne Poursuit Pomone de son Amour

Vertumnus Woos Pomona Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1930 Medium: Etching on copper Dimensions: Print 312 x 224mm, 12 5/16 x 8 13/16 “; Sheet 324 x 257mm, 12.8 x 10.04” Signature: The edition was unsigned. References: Bloch 126; Baer 144; Cramer 19 Edition: From the edition of 95, of the total edition of 145 printed by Louis Fort in 1931 before the cancellation of the plate Paper: Arches laid; untrimmed; deckled edges at right and at bottom Watermark: Arches à la main Impression: Very fine Condition: Fine; framed Price: Upon request Picasso didn’t hesitate to assign his audience work. His toughest assignments of course involved decoding his Cubist art. Here, in this Neoclassical etching, Picasso poses a more lighthearted question: how many people do you see? Go ahead, count them! Three, huh?  Now count the number of extremities, […]

Minotaure Contemplant Amoureusement une Dormeuse

Minotaur Lovingly Regarding a Sleeping Woman Date: June 18, 1933 Medium: Drypoint on copper with plate tone and black ink without steelfacing Dimensions: Print 298 x 364mm, 11 3/4 x 14 3/8″; Sheet 412 x 520mm, 16 1/4 x 20 1/2″ Signature: Picasso did not sign the edition, though most impressions, unlike this proof, bear his estate-stamped signature. References: Bloch 261; Baer 371 Bb2 Edition: RARE–one of three unsigned and unnumbered proofs printed in 1961 (aside from the edition of 20 numbered proofs and 12 artist’s proofs also printed in 1961, and 4 trial proofs the year before), published by Galerie Louise Leiris prior to the cancellation of the plate in 1979 Paper: Van Gelder laid, untrimmed Impression: Very fine, especially because the edition was printed without steelfacing Condition: Pale toning of […]

Accouplement, I

Coupling, I Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: November 2, 1933, Paris Medium: Etching and drypoint on copper Dimensions: Print 198 x 279mm, 7 7/8 x 11″; Sheet 340 x 448mm, 13.4 x 17.6″ Signature: Unsigned (By Petiet’s hand, in the lower left margin, “351” is inscribed in pencil.) References: Suite Vollard 29; Bloch 181; Baer 340 IIBd (the second and final state); OPP.33:040 Edition: From the edition of 260 on Montval paper printed by Lacourière in 1939 before the cancellation of the plate. (There was also an edition of 50 on wider-margined paper that same year.) Paper: Montval laid; three deckled edges; untrimmed Watermark: Vollard Impression: Fine Condition: The palest toning in the central margins secondary to UV light exposure, with two small, approx. 1 cm areas of tape residue discoloration at the […]

Tête de Femme

Head of a Woman Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1933 Medium: Etching on copper Dimensions: Platemark 175 x 156 mm, 7 x 6 1/8″; sheet 410 x 310 mm, 16 1/8 x 12 3/16″ Signature: Signed “Picasso” in bold, thick pencil in the lower right; inscribed “46/50” by another hand in the lower left References: Bloch 256; Baer 295 Bb1; Fryberger, Picasso: Graphic Magician, p. 63; Baer, Picasso the Engraver, p. 54 and 72; Baer, Picasso the Printmaker: Graphics from the Marina Picasso Collection, p. 71; Müller, Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter: Between Classicism and Surrealism, p. 93 Ingrid Mossinger, et al., Picasso et les Femmes, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Dumont, p. 181 Edition: Numbered 46 of 50; published by Leiris in 1961 without […]

Femme Torero, I: Dernier Baiser

Female Bullfighter, I: Last Kiss Date:  June 12, 1934, Paris Medium:  Etching on copper Dimensions:  P 495 x 695 mm, 19.5 x 27.4″; S 573 x 774 mm, 22.6 x 30.5″ Signature:  The edition was unsigned apart from several proofs. (Note: There are known forged signatures) Selected References: Bloch 1329; Baer 425C, OPP34:068. Rubin, William S., ed. Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective. New York: Museum of Modern Art Graphic Society, 1980, p. 319 . Fryberger, Picasso Graphic Magician: Prints from the Norton Simon Museum, p.129. Blunt, Anthony. Picasso’s “Guernica”. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969, ill. 6b. Chipp, Herschel B. Picasso’s Guernica: History, Transformations, Meanings. California Studies in the History of Art. No 26, 1988, ill. 5.16. Clair, Jean, ed. Picasso […]

Buste de Femme à la Chaise (Dora Maar [sold])

Bust of a Seated Woman–States I and IX Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: October 18, 1938 Medium: State I: etching on copper; State IX: etching, aquatint, scraper and engraving Provenance: Private collection of the artist Marina Picasso (her stamp verso on the first state) 1990s to Private collection of a French expatriate, New York 2007 to David Tunick, Inc., New York Dimensions: Prints: State I: 24.9 x 13.7 cm, 9.8 x 5.4″; State IX: 24.9 x 14 cm, 9.8 x 5.5″. Sheets: both 33.8 x 22.3 cm; 13 5/16 x 8 3/4″ References: Bloch 308 Baer 643, States I and IXb (of X) Cramer 34 Baer, Picasso the Engraver: Selections for the Musée Picasso, Paris, first and tenth states illustrated […]

Femme Assise (Dora Maar) [sold]

Seated Woman (Frontispiece for Contrée)   Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1943 Medium: Etching on copper printed in deep red Dimensions: Print 245 x 131mm, 9 5/8 x 5 3/16″; sheet 377 x 286 mm; 14 7/8 x 11 1/4″ Signature: Signed in bright royal blue pencil at bottom; signed and dated in the plate References: Bloch 362; Baer 689Bb; Cramer 39; Elliott, Picasso on Paper, National Galleries of Scotland, 2007, illustrated p.84 Unique Printing: A unique, unrecorded impression, the only impression printed in dark red, one of only several hand-signed, even fewer signed in blue pencil, and one of the only impressions on an oversized sheet (I know of one other trial proof printed on Japon that is also oversized) […]

Paloma et sa Poupée sur Fond Noir

Paloma et sa Poupée sur Fond Noir

Paloma and her Doll on a Black Background Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: December 14, 1952 Medium: Lithograph (crayon and scraper on zinc) Dimensions: Image 704 x 550 mm, 27.7 x 21.7″; Sheet 760 x 570 mm, 29 15/16 x 22 7/16″ References: Bloch 727; Mourlot 229; Hatje Cantz 614 (also illustrated on the back cover); Rau 563 Edition: Numbered 5/6 on verso, one of 6 proofs outside the numbered and signed edition of 50 (Mourlot records 5 artist’s proofs and one printer’s proof); printed by Fernand Mourlot Signature + Inscriptions: On the verso, inscribed bottom right “5/6” and signed “fm” (the printer’s initials) as well as with the inventory number, and “229” (the Mourlot catalogue reference number) bottom left Paper: […]

Paloma et Claude (uncut)

  Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1950 Medium: Lithograph made with fingerpainting with ink on lithographic transfer paper Dimensions: Print: 330 x 525mm, 12 5/8x 20 11/16″; sheet 498 x 651 mm, 19 5/8 x 25 5/8″ References: Bloch 664; Mourlot 186; Kramer 60 Edition:  Hatje Cantz lists 5 artist’s uncut proofs with wide margins. There is also an unrecorded but apparently very small number of uncut impressions with the date and location annotated at bottom in the transfer paper.  I believe it is also a vanishingly small number, probably about the same as the 5 unannotated, uncut impressions such as this. These are apart from the edition of 2000 which were cut along the margins for use as book covers.  These proofs and the edition were printed by […]

Le Crâne de Chèvre

The Skull of a Goat Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: May 14, 1952 (dated in the plate “14 mai 52” in Picasso’s hand, top right) Location: Vallauris Medium: Sugar-lift aquatint Dimensions: P 473 x 642 mm, 18.6 x 25.3″; S 570 x 738 mm, 22.4 x 29″ Signature: Signed “Picasso” in graphite pencil and inscribed 16/50 also in pencil, lower left References: Bloch 691; Baer 890 BaC; Giraudy, Danièle,  L’oeuvre de Picasso à Antibes n°3, Catalogue des gravures, Antibes: Ed. Musée Picasso, 1982 / isbn 2 902634 13 7 /illus. p. 26 Picasso chez Goya: Musée Goya, Castres, 26 juin-29 août 1987. – Castres: Ed. Musée Goya, 1987, isbn 2 901 643 027, illus. p. 69 Picasso graveur: Musée Léon Dierx, Saint-Denis, Musée Picasso, Antibes, juin 1990. Antibes: Ed. Musée Picasso, 1990 […]

Tête de Chèvre au Profil

Goat’s Head in Profile Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1952 Medium: Ceramic Dimensions: 410 x 408 x 51mm, 16.1 x 16 1/16 x 2 1/8″ References: A. Ramié 155 Edition: Numbered 2/100 on the verso, along with the following engraved stamps: “Empreinte Originale de Picasso” and “Madoura Plein Feu” Impression: Very fine impression in relief, the template having been etched by Picasso’s hand, beautifully painted in colors Condition: Two tiny chips, each measuring 2 mm, one on the lip and the other below the eye at the upper edge of the black ground; a cluster of tiny scratches at the bottom edge; otherwise flawless Price: POR   It may not correspond to the Chinese calendar, but for Picasso, 1952 was the year of the […]

Torse de Femme (L’Egyptienne)

The Egyptian Woman Date:  1953 Medium:  Aquatint Dimensions:  P 834 x 473 mm; S 911 x 620 mm Signature:  Signed “Picasso” in ink, lower right References:  Bloch 746; Baer 906 Bb1 Edition:  Numbered 6/50, on Arches paper printed by Lacouriere in 1953, prior to the cancellation of the plate Paper:  Arches Watermark:  Arches Impression:  Very fine, bold, beautifully deep black impression Condition:  Excellent, framed Price:  Upon request

La Danse des Banderilles

La Danse des Banderilles

The Dance of the Banderilles Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: February 14, 1954, Vallauris Medium: Lithographic crayon on transfer paper, transferred to stone Dimensions: Sheet 492 x 645mm, 19 3/8 x 25 3/8″ Signature: The edition was signed in red pencil, which must have faded, unless this sheet somehow escaped Picasso (which doesn’t seem likely). References: Bloch 752; Mourlot 248, Hatje Cantz 639, Rau 588, Reusse 639 Edition: Numbered 26/50 in a somewhat faded graphite pencil (probably due to prior cleaning).  There were also 5 artist’s proofs.  The edition was printed by Mourlot. Paper: Arches; untrimmed Watermark: Arches Impression: Very fine Condition: Deckled edges on all sides, with pale discoloration in parts of the bottom deckle; some skinning on top of the verso reinforced […]

Hibou, Verre et Fleur

Owl, Glass, and Flower Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: August 14 – September 30, 1956 Medium: Lithograph in six colors Dimensions:  72 x 53 cm, 28.4 x 21″ References: Bloch 1272; Mourlot 282, Cantz 682, Rau 626, Cwziklitzer 21, Rodrigo 049f Edition:  From the unsigned edition of 125 on wide-margined, watermarked paper.  There also was a signed and numbered edition of 100 of the same size and a poster edition of 2000 without watermark on smaller paper (69 x 48.5 cm according to Rodrigo, or 65 x 44 cm according to Mourlot; in Bloch, it is unclear to which edition he refers, but the dimensions he provides are 68.5 x 48.5 cm).  These proofs and the edition were printed by Mourlot before the stone […]

Buste de Femme au Corsage Blanc (Jacqueline de Profil) 

Bust of a Woman in a White Blouse (Jacqueline in Profile) Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: December 17, 1957 Medium:  Lithograph with wash drawing and scraper on zinc, lift ground process or direct etching Dimensions:  Print 698 x 514 mm, 27 ½ x 20 ¼”; Sheet 766 x 573 mm, 30 3/16 x 22 1/2″ Signature:  Signed “Picasso” in thick, navy blue pencil, lower right (see close-up) References:  Bloch 848; Mourlot 311; Rau 666; Cantz 731 Edition:  Numbered 21/50, lower left; printed by Mourlot Paper:  Arches wove; untrimmed (deckled edges on the right and left sides) Watermark:  Arches Impression:  Very fine Condition:  Flawless apart from a skillfully repaired one cm tear along the edge of the left margin that is almost invisible, […]

Le Trefle a Quatre Feuilles

The Four-Leafed Clover Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Date: 1970 Medium: Etching on copper Dimensions: Print 495 x 629 mm, 19.5 x 24.75″; sheet approx. 635 x 765 mm, 25 x 30.1″ Signature: Estate stamp reproducing Picasso’s signature in black ink in the lower right margin, which was used for the entire edition of the 156 Gravures (156 Series) References: Bloch 1873; Baer 1878Ba Edition: Numbered 18/50 in the lower left margin, from the total edition of 68, printed between 1975-1977 prior to the cancellation of the plate, and published by Leiris in 1978 in the series 156 Gravures, number 18. Three printer’s proofs were also pulled in 1979. Paper: Rives wove; untrimmed Impression: Very fine Condition: Flawless, framed Price: Upon request This is one of […]