Pablo Picasso - Evening & Day Editions New York Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 1505; Brigitte Baer 1521 A

  • Catalogue Essay

    These three Picasso etchings are early proofs printed before their respective editions were pulled, and are richer in contrast than the regular editions. They are before steel-facing and beveling of the plate, and were kept by Picasso for his personal collection in the course of creating his 60, 156 and 347 Series. These works are registered with the Picasso Archives in Paris (inventory number annotated verso) and bear the oval stamp of the Marina Picasso Collection verso, his granddaughter being a successor in direct ownership under the aegis of the Picasso estate.

  • 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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Cirque et catch (Circus Catch), plate 25, for 347 Series

Etching, on Rives paper, with full margins,
I. 12 1/2 x 16 1/4 in. (31.8 x 41.3 cm)
S. 19 3/4 x 23 1/8 in. (50.2 x 58.7 cm)

stamp signed and annotated `épreuve avant aciérage' in pencil (one of 5 proofs before the steel-facing of the plate, before the edition of 50 and 17 artist's proofs by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris), with the Marina Picasso inkstamp on the reverse, framed.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $7,500

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 28 October 2014 11am & 5:30pm