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  • This print is based after Picasso’s oil on canvas, Le Peintre, from March 30, 1963, listed in Volume XXIII of Christian Zervos’ catalogue raisonné no. 198, p. 93. 


    It is common to use the term ‘after’ when referring to prints that were created based on an already existing painting. Picasso painted the oil on canvas referenced above and then worked with a master printmaker/publisher (Guy Spitzer) to reproduce the print in order to sell commercially. The edition sizes tend to be larger and the techniques more mechanical, but it is done with the artist’s involvement and final hand signature on the work. 


    Picasso took the project further, spending two weeks heavily embellishing 29 of the prints with gouache and ink to create a new series of unique works (see Zervos Volume XXIV, nos. 215-243) creating a cast of new painters. These subjects, some sporting a large straw hat and beard, begin to resemble Vincent van Gogh; others appear in Picasso’s distinctive striped shirt and all with exaggerated hands. 


    One Picasso’s embellished Le Peintre series, 1964, Zervos 217, SFMOMA Collection, Gift of the Carl Djerassi and Norma Djerassi Art Trust in memory of Pamela Djerassi Bush, Copyright © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    • Literature

      Susan Greenberg Fisher, Picasso and the Allure of Language, Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, 2009, illustrated p. 230


Le Peintre (The Painter)

Collotype with pochoir in colors, on wove paper, with full margins.
I. 30 x 23 1/2 in. (76.2 x 59.7 cm)
S. 38 5/8 x 29 3/8 in. (98.1 x 74.6 cm)

Signed in blue crayon and numbered 253/350 in pencil, additionally numbered in blue ink on the reverse (visible from the front), published by Guy Spitzer, Paris (with his blindstamp and ink stamp on the reverse), framed.

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$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $20,160

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19-21 October 2021