11658: P.Picasso Hand Signed Etching Vollard Suite
PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973
Málaga 1881-1973 Mougins (Spanish)
Title: Seated Woman and Three Bearded Heads / Femme Assise et Trois Tetes Barbues, 1934
Technique: Original Hand Signed Etching on Montval paper with the Picasso watermark
Paper Size: 33.4 x 43 cm / 13.4 x 16.9 in
Plate Size: 12.8 x 17.1 cm / 5 x 6.7 in
Additional Information: This original etching is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Picasso" in the lower right margin.
The paper bears the Picasso watermark in the bottom half.
It was printed by Lacouričre in a limited edition of 260 impressions in 1934 and published by A. Vollard, Paris.
This is one of a small number of impressions from this edition that was hand signed by Picasso.
This etching is from Picasso's most important series of etchings known as the Suite Vollard.
The Suite Vollard, created between 1930-37, was named after it publisher, the French art dealer and critic Ambroise Vollard. Picasso and Vollard shared a close working relationship up until 1910; however, after this date Vollard was no longer Picasso’s dealer though the two continued to collaborate on publishing projects. In 1930, Vollard, encouraged by the success of two earlier ventures, ambitiously commissioned 100 plates from Picasso and by 1937 the plates were completed n his Neo-classical style and given to master printer Roger Lacouriere to print. The entire edition comprises 3 copies on parchment, 50 copies on larger format Montval paper (50 x 38 cm) and 250 on smaller format Montval paper 44.5 x 34.0). Tragically, Ambroise Vollard died in a car crash 22 July 1939 leaving the project temporarily suspended, until a greater part of the edition was purchased by the print dealer Henri Petiet. After World War II Petiet engaged Picasso to sign a certain number of sets, and this continued up until 1969 but ceased with the publication of the 347 Series. Hence, a large number of the prints from the edition of 250 remain unsigned.
Provenance: Galleri Samlaren, Agnes Widlund, Stockholm
Acquired at the above in the 1950's or 1960's.
Literature: Bloch, Georges, 1968, Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1904-1967, Berne Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein.
Reference: Bloch 216.
Condition: Very good condition. Two tape marks at the verso.