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  • In the summer of 1932, Pablo Picasso was in love. Not with his wife, the Russian ballerina Olga, but with a young woman of 22 called Marie-Thérèse Walter. It was a milestone year in every sense, one celebrated in the recent Tate exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy. Not only did he produce some of his greatest paintings during this intensely creative period, he made great prints too, including a series of 20 etchings depicting bathers. A notable example from the series is Baigneuses à la Piscine, where he depicts Marie-Thérèse, not once, but obsessively, six times. Variously reclining, seated, standing and diving into a swimming pool, each time Picasso shows her unmistakeable profile and cropped bob of hair. At the time of making, only a few trial proofs of each image were pulled. In 1981, Galerie Louise Leiris eventually published the prints, each in an edition of 50, all bearing facsimile stamped signatures. 


    Marie-Thérèse Walter photographed by Picasso at Juan-les-Pins, July 1932
    • Literature

      Georges Bloch 242
      Brigitte Baer 270

    • 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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Baigneuses à la piscine (Bathers at the Pool) (Bl. 242, Ba. 270)

Etching, on laid paper, with full margins.
I. 22.8 x 18.9 cm (8 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.)
S. 44.7 x 32.9 cm (17 5/8 x 12 7/8 in.)

Stamp-signed in black ink and numbered 7/50 in pencil (there were also 19 artist's proofs), published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1981, unframed.

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£4,000 - 6,000 ‡♠

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 14-15 June 2022