LONDON – He was one of the most celebrated and influential artists of the 20th century. He was also one of the most productive. Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) lived an extraordinary life, and created even more extraordinary art. From prints to ceramics, works on paper to photographs, Picassomania returns to Bonhams New Bond Street on Wednesday May 18, celebrating the full scope of the artist’s expansive oeuvre. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the sale will be Visage en forme d’Horloge, a silver repousse plate, the design for which was conceived in 1956 and executed in silver by Francois and Pierre Hugo. It has an estimate of £30,000-£50,000. Other highlights of the sale include a selection of Picasso ceramics, including Femme from 1955, estimated at £8,000-£12,000, and a photograph of Picasso alongside the photographer Cecil Beaton, signed ‘pour Cecil Beaton. Ami Picasso 1965,’ which has an estimate of £1,000-£2,000.
Bonhams Department Director of Prints & Multiples and Head of Sale Lucia Tro Santafe commented: “Picasso is an artist who needs no introduction. His work is instantly recognizable, and his reputation is universal. The extent of his artistic output however goes far beyond his distinctive paintings, and Bonhams Picassomania sale showcases the full extent of his creative genius – offering ceramics, precious metals works, prints, works on paper and photographs. After an exciting launch last year, we’re sure this sale will show that the frenzy that is Picassomania is still very much alive.”
Additional highlights of the May 18 auction include the Spanish master’s Tete de femme No 2. Portrait de Dora Maar, a 1939 aquatint in colors that carries an estimate of £25,000-£35,000; a fine impression of the 1936 print Grand air from Les yeux fertiles, one of about 12 proofs of the third final state, aside from the edition of 10, estimated at £10,000-£15,000; and the famous 1948 Robert Capa photo of Picasso shielding his lover Francoise Gilot from the sun’s rays. Titled Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot, Golfe-Juan, the black-and-white image is estimated at £3,000-£5,000.
The current rate of exchange is £1 = $1.24.
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