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

    Provenance John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 219
    Brigitte Baer 424 Bd
    Marlborough, Celebrating the Muse: Women in Picasso's Prints 1905-1968 (cover image)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "[The artist is] a little mixed up....He's not sure of which way he wants to work. Of course if you note all the different shapes, sizes, and colors of models he works from, you can understand his confusion. He doesn't know what he wants. No wonder his style is so ambiguous. It's like God's. God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things. The same with this sculptor. First he works from nature; then he tried abstraction. Finally he winds up lying around caressing his models." Picasso speaking to Françoise Gilot about the Vollard Suite fifteen years later.

  • 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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Property from a Private Collection, Connecticut


Quatre femmes nues et tête sculptée (Four Nude Women and a Carved Head), plate 82, from La Vollard Suite

Etching, on Montval paper watermark Vollard, with margins,
I. 8 3/4 x 12 3/8 in. (22.2 x 31.4 cm)
S. 12 7/16 x 15 3/8 in. (31.6 x 39.1 cm)

signed in pencil, from the edition of 260 (there was also an edition of 50 with wide margins), published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, unframed.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $22,500

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Evening & Day Editions

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