Picasso and Rembrandt co-star at Swann prints sale, April 28

 

 

Left, Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Repas Frugal,’ etching and drypoint, est. $100,000-$150,000; Right, Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Study of a Prophet or Apostle (St. Peter),’ drawing, est. $30,000-$50,000

Left, Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Repas Frugal,’ etching and drypoint, est. $100,000-$150,000; Right, Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Study of a Prophet or Apostle (St. Peter),’ drawing, est. $30,000-$50,000

NEW YORK — The Thursday, April 28 offering of Old Master Through Modern Prints at Swann Galleries will feature iconic images from the late 15th century through the mid-20th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The sale is led by Pablo Picasso’s 1904 chef-d’oeuvre etching and drypoint Le Repas Frugal, estimated at $100,000-$150,000. Though the plate for this print was completed in 1904 and Picasso made some initial proofs, it wasn’t published as an edition until 1913 when Picasso’s then-art dealer, Ambroise Vollard, purchased the plate and steel-faced it. The print on offer is part of the La Suite des Saltimbanques, along with 11 other drypoints and two additional etchings created by Picasso between 1904 and 1906.

The Old Masters selection is anchored by a newly discovered, recently attributed drawing by Rembrandt van Rijn. The circa-1634 drawing — Study for a Prophet or Apostle (St. Peter), rendered in pen and ink and wash on blue laid paper — is now thought to be the original version of another drawing of the same subject previously cataloged several decades earlier as a drawing by the artist by scholar Otto Benesch. The work is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Study of a Prophet or Apostle (St. Peter),’ drawing, est. $30,000-$50,000

Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘Study of a Prophet or Apostle (St. Peter),’ drawing, est. $30,000-$50,000

The rich assortment of Old Master prints includes lifetime impressions by Albrecht Durer, Giovanni B. Piranesi, Francisco Jose de Goya, as well as Rembrandt, alongside an array of fine examples by artists such as Pieter Bruegel, Hendrick Goltzius, Claude Lorrain, Antonio Canaletto and the German “Little Masters” Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Sebald Beham, Heinrich Aldegrever and Georg Pencz. Highlights include Durer’s circa-1501-02 engraving, The Nemesis, estimated at $70,000-$100,000; Rembrandt’s early Self Portrait with a Raised Sabre, an etching from 1634, estimated at $30,000-$50,000; and Canaletto’s View of a Town on a River Bank, a circa-1740 etching estimated at $5,000-$8,000.

Prints by 19th-century artists include Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, James A. M. Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin and Rodolphe Bresdin, with highlights including Renoir’s color lithograph Baigneuse, debout, en pied, 1896, and Toulouse-Lautrec’s color lithograph Le Jockey, 1899, two of the quintessential fin de siecle color prints.

Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Repas Frugal,’ etching and drypoint, est. $100,000-$150,000

Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Repas Frugal,’ etching and drypoint, est. $100,000-$150,000

The Modern American prints section abounds with masterworks by John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, George Bellows, Martin Lewis, Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, including Sargent’s Head of Young Woman, an 1871 lithograph estimated at $7,000-$10,000, and Benton’s 1944 lithograph Wreck of the Ol’97, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Completing the auction is an extraordinary selection of Modern European prints by many of the most sought-after 20th-century artists, including Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Max Beckmann, Lyonel Feininger and Paul Cezanne. Of note is Braque’s first print, Etude de Nu, a 1907-08 etching estimated at $15,000-$20,000; Cezanne’s Les Baigneurs (grande planche), a circa 1896-98 color lithograph estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and the very scarce Etude de nu renverse 1929 etching by Matisse, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

 

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