Pablo Picasso - Evening & Day Editions New York Monday, April 29, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, 19th and 20th Century Prints, New York, November 5 and 6, 1992, lot 368

  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 1183-1192
    Brigitte Baer 1152-1161/B/b
    Patrick Cramer books 136

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Sculpteur au travail; Peintre et modèle aux cheveux longs; Deux femmes au miroir; Peintre debout à son chevalet, avec un modèle; Sculpteur et sculpture; Peintre et modèle accoudé; Tête d'homme barbu. II; Nu accoudé; Sculpteur devant sa sellette, avec un specateur barbu; and Sculpteur.

    Picasso's illustrations for Sable mouvant (Quicksand), Pierre Reverdy's last poem, depict the artist working with his model, selected from the series entitled: Peintre et modèle which Picasso worked on from 1963 to 1965. Eight out of the ten these painterly aquatints depict the artist, painter or sculptor, before a female model in his studio. The work was issued as a tribute to Reverdy who died in 1960 and who had played a significant role within the group of Surrealist artists and writers including Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, André Breton and Picasso.

  • 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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Sable mouvant portfolio

The complete set of 10 aquatints in text by Pierre Reverdy, on Rives paper watermark LB, with full margins,
20 1/8 x 16 5/8 in (51.1 x 42.2 cm)
signed in pencil and numbered 179 (from the edition of 255), printed by Piero Crommelynck, published by Louis Broder, Paris, all in very good condition, with original parchment wrapper and contained in original linen-covered slipcase (staining, minor wear at corners).

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $16,250

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Evening & Day Editions

New York 29 April 2013 10am & 6pm