La Célestine

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  • Literature

    Patrick Cramer books 149 (contact department for listing of Brigitte Baer and Georges Bloch catalogue raisonné numbers)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The etchings done for La Célestine are part of the famous 347 Series. Between March 16 and October 5, 1968, Picasso worked on the plates almost daily, using various techniques and sometimes the same plate.

    Picasso did not want the text to be printed on the verso of the leaves with etchings - hence the arrangement of the pages is unusual: uncut double leaves with one etching and one page of text alternate with single leaves with two text pages. Patrick Cramer, Pablo Picasso The Illustrated Books, 1983, p. 360.

  • Artist Bio

    Pablo Picasso

    Spanish • 1881 - 1973

    One of the most dominant and influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was a master of endless reinvention. While significantly contributing to the movements of Surrealism, Neoclassicism and Expressionism, he is best known for pioneering the groundbreaking movement of Cubism alongside fellow artist Georges Braque in the 1910s. In his practice, he drew on African and Iberian visual culture as well as the developments in the fast-changing world around him.

    Throughout his long and prolific career, the Spanish-born artist consistently pushed the boundaries of art to new extremes. Picasso's oeuvre is famously characterized by a radical diversity of styles, ranging from his early forays in Cubism to his Classical Period and his later more gestural expressionist work, and a diverse array of media including printmaking, drawing, ceramics and sculpture as well as theater sets and costumes designs. 

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La Célestine

1977
The complete set of 66 etchings with text by Fernando de Rojas, bound in the original book cover with with parchment boards and lettering on the spine (as issued), contained in the original slipcover with Richard de bas laid paper.
Book 8 5/8 x 7 in. (21.9 x 17.8 cm)
Signed in pencil and numbered 100 on the justification (the edition was 350, there were also 30 hors commerce in Roman numerals), printed and published by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris.

Estimate
$25,000 - 35,000 

sold for $30,000

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Editions and Works on Paper Including Works from the Piero Crommelynck Collection

New York Auction 18 April 2017