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  • Literature

    Georges Bloch 267-272
    Brigitte Baer 387-392
    Patrick Cramer books 24

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Serment des femmes (The Oath of the Women), Couple et enfant (Couple and Infant), Cinésias et Myrrhine (Cinesias and Myrrhine), Deux vieillards et Voilier (Two Men and a Sailboat), Accord entre les guerriers de Sparte et d'Athènes (The Reconciliation of the Spartans and Athenians), and Le festin (The Banquet).


    Picasso’s illustration of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata was masterminded by New York literary entrepreneur George Macey, who founded the Limited Editions Club in 1929 - an imprint specialising in commissioning some of the era’s best-known artists to illustrate literary classics. In 1934, Macey commissioned Picasso to illustrate a special edition of the Greek comedy about a woman who sets out to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing her countrywomen to withhold sex from their war-bound husbands and lovers.

  • 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, NEW YORK

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Lysistrata

1934
The complete set of six etchings, one with aquatint, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 21.9 x 14.9 cm (8 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
S. 38.1 x 27.9 cm (15 x 10 7/8 in.)

All signed and numbered 150/132 in pencil (from the deluxe suite with wide margins, there was also an unsigned book edition of 1500), printed by Roger Lacourière, Paris, published by The Limited Editions Club, New York, all framed, lacking the original portfolio.

Estimate
£15,000 - 20,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £32,500

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London Auction 7 June 2018