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  • Provenance

    F.A.R. Gallery, New York (label)

  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 57; Brigitte Baer 102 VI(a)

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Apart from the cubist still-life, the Picassos range from an early drawing to a recent reclining figure and Abrams, who has visited Picasso, talks with something approaching awe of that artist’s vitality. “How old is he? Eighty-nine? Well, he might make a hundred. He’s incredible. Last time we were down there he was sitting cross-legged on the floor—surrounded by dozens of drawings—sorting them out. Of course, you’re not allowed to help him—he has to do everything himself. And his skin! He has the skin of a young man! Amazing! (C. Finch, Harry N. Abrams Collects, Auction, Vol. IV, No. 2, October 1970, p. 38)

  • Artist Biography

    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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Groupe de trois femmes

Etching with drypoint, on Montval laid paper, Baer's sixth (final) state.
7 x 5 in. (17.8 x 12.7 cm).
Signed and numbered 52/100 in pencil (there were also 15 artist's proofs), published by Edition Marcel Guiot, Paris, 1929.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $27,500

The Estate of Mrs. Harry N. Abrams

7 April 2010
New York