Pablo Picasso - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift of the artist to the present owner

  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 1183-1192
    Brigitte Baer 1152-1161
    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 of these painterly aquatints depict the artist, painter or sculptor, before a female model in his studio. The work as 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

The complete set of 10 aquatints, on Rives paper watermark LB, with full margins, with text by Pierre Reverdy,
20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (51.1 x 41.6 cm)
signed in pencil and numbered 159 (from the total edition of 255), printed by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris, published by Louis Broder, Paris, with original parchment wrapper and contained in original linen-covered slipcase.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $22,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auctions 21 April 2015