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  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 226
    Brigitte Baer 440

  • Catalogue Essay

    Depicted amid a peaceful slumber, one hand entangled in hair while the other rests upon the pillow above her head, is Picasso’s muse, Marie-Thérèse. The orientation of Marie-Thérèse’s posture, as well as the softness of her form relates to portrayals of Venus. “An antique prototype” as is described by Sebastian Goeppert and Herma C. Goeppert-Frank in Minotauromachy by Pablo Picasso, Marie-Thérèse's positioning exudes the same voluptuous sensuality that emanates from similarly posed depictions of Venus. The candle emits a soft light over this intimate scene, and the seated boy (as well as the viewer) are invited to gaze over and contemplate Marie-Thérèse’s sleeping form.

  • 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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Garçon et dormeuse à la chandelle (Boy and Sleeping Woman by Candlelight), plate 26 from La Suite Vollard

Etching and aquatint, on Montval paper watermark Picasso, with full margins.
I. 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (23.5 x 29.5 cm)
S. 13 x 17 1/2 in. (33 x 44.5 cm)

Signed in pencil, from the edition of 260 (there was also an edition of 50 with wider margins), evidence of the number '385' in the Henri Petiet inventory system lower left corner, published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939, framed.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $16,250

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 23 - 24 July 2020