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Pablo Picasso
Femme Nue Assise et Trois Tetes Barbues

1934

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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) etching, drypoint, burin and aquatint Femme Nue Assise et Trois Tetes Barbues, 1934, signed in pencil lower right, from the Vollard Suite, with the Vollard watermark, from the total edition of 300, with full margins in excellent condtion (5 1/8 x 7 1/8, the sheet 17 1/4 x 13 1/2), on cream wove paper, archival acid free matting. References: Suite Vollard 25, Bloch 216, Geiser 416. A very fine, strong impression, with the burin and drypoint work at the right effectively counterposing the aquatint work evident at the left (in the figure of Marie Therese). Femme Nue Assise was one of Picasso’s earliest works using aquatint, and the development of the print was quite complex. Initially the plate was aquatinted, using the sugar lift aquatint process (Picasso brushed the figures on the plate with an ink/sugar syrup mixture; the plate was then varnished and dipped in water, and where the sugar melted, the varnish is stripped off; then the plate is grained and dipped into acid. The area where the acid bites into the grain is where he brushed the plate, and this will hold ink and can be printed). The woman at the left (Marie-Therese, his mistress at the time) remained in aquatint, untouched, while Picasso worked on the images of the man at the right in etching, drypoint, with a scraper, and with an engraving tool (the burin). He developed the plate in 6 states before the final state which was editioned for Vollard. It’s not clear whether Marie is dreaming of the three images of the same man, or he is dreaming of her. Each of the men has a different expression. Picasso biographer and scholar Brigitte Baer has suggested that since she remains intact through the extensive work that Picasso did on the plate, she is the dream image of these three bearded sculptors.

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Pablo Picasso

One of the most prolific and revolutionary artists the world has ever seen, Pablo Picasso had a tremendous impact on the development of 20th-century modern art.Although he is best known for his association with the Cubist movement, which he founded with Georges Braque, Picasso’s influence extends to Surrealism, neoclassicism and expressionism.“Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction,” the Spanish artist proclaimed. In his Cubist paintings, he emphasizes the two-dimensionality of the canvas, breaking with conventions regarding perspective, foreshortening and proportion. Picasso was inspired by Iberian and African tribal art. One of his most famous pre-Cubist works is Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), a painting considered immoral and shocking at the time for its depiction of nude women whose faces resemble Iberian tribal masks.He made many portraits in this style, most often of the women in his life, their expressively colored faces composed of geometric shards of surface planes. In Woman in a Hat (Olga), 1935, he painted his first wife as an assemblage of abstract forms, leaving the viewer to decipher the subject through the contrasting colors and shapes. Picasso was a tireless artist, creating more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Tracing his life’s work reveals the progression of modern art, on which he had an unparalleled influence.Browse an expansive collection of Pablo Picasso's art on 1stDibs.
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