Pablo Picasso - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of Theodor (Teto) Ahrenberg
    Private Collection, Sweden, acquired from Auktionsverket Stockholm
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 1151
    Brigitte Baer 1343

  • Catalogue Essay

    Executed in the early 1960’s, Picasso’s épreuves rincées or ‘rinsed proofs’ form a group of some of the artist’s most experimental print-making techniques. At first, a linocut composition was printed in a combination of cream and black inks. This was then freely worked over with encre de chine (China ink). When dry, Picasso would ‘wash’ the entire image with water. Where the ink had lain on the printed image, it would run off the page revealing the linocut beneath, but where the ink had sunk into the paper, it would remain, and become part of the final result, enhancing contrast throughout.

  • 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 of a Private Scandinavian Collector


L'Ètreinte I (The Embrace I)

Linocut rincé printed in white with China ink, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 53.3 x 63.5 cm (21 x 25 in.)
S. 61.9 x 74.6 cm (24 3/8 x 29 3/8 in.)

Signed and numbered 15/50 in pencil (there were also approximately 20 artist's proofs), published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, framed.

£7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for £9,375

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 23 January 2020