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Pablo Picasso
'Les Dames de Mougins' original etching artist and nude signed by Pablo Picasso

1963

$17,000

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'Les Dames de Mougins' is an original etching by Pablo Picasso, executed in November of 1963. As with many of his works, this particular image functions as something of a self-portrait: The artist in the print, certainly an analogue for Picasso himself, seems to emerge and extend from the right, a pallet in his hand and a brush reaching out in the act of creation. To the left, a sensuous and curving nude woman sits upright in an erotic Venus pose, her arms reaching behind her head and her hair cascading down her body. Indeed, as the artist reaches out, it is unclear if the woman in the image is the model in the studio or if she is in fact the painting. Picasso produced a number of prints in November of that year on the subject of the artist and model. In many of these, such as 'Peintre et modèle' (Blotch 1132), however, the distinction between model and artwork is made clear by the inclusion of the artist's easel. By removing the easel, 'Les Dames de Mougins' becomes a modern retelling of the classical story of Pygmalion and Galatea, where the artist falls in love with his artwork of ideal womanhood and she comes to life. Mougins is a region of southwest France near Cannes where Picasso purchased a villa in 1961, and where he lived and worked until his death in 1973. He loved this location and called the villa the 'home of his dreams.' This etching thus becomes a symbol of the artist at his leisure near the end of his career; a consideration of his own genius and legacy in the form of the artist's most basic relationship – artist and model. etching in black on cream wove paper Eau-forte, 18 November 1963 signed 'Picasso' in pencil, below image, lower right edition 79/150, in pencil, below image, lower left Reference: Blotch 1131 4.38 x 9.25 inches, plate 11.75 x 11.125 inches, sheet 18 x 20 inches, frame Framed to conservation standards using archival materials; includes 100 percent rag matting and archival mounting materials, and Museum Glass; presented in a vintage 22-karat gold-leaf closed-corner cassetta-style moulding. Overall good condition; sheet with full margins and deckled edges; slight mat burn from previous framing; frame in excellent condition; presented in a vintage moulding with minor retouched imperfections Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso (1881 –1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are commonly regarded as the three artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics. Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art. Prolific as a draftsman, sculptor, and print maker, Picasso's primary medium was painting. He usually painted from imagination or memory, and worked in many different styles throughout his career. Although he used color as an expressive element, he relied on drawing rather than subtleties of color to create form and space. A nanoprobe of Picasso's The Red Armchair (1931) by physicists at Argonne National Laboratory in 2012 confirmed art historians' belief that Picasso used common house paint in many of his paintings. Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1905–1907), the African-influenced Period (1908–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). In 1939–40 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, under its director Alfred Barr, a Picasso enthusiast, held a major and highly successful retrospective of his principal works up until that time. This exhibition lionized the artist, brought into full public view in America the scope of his artistry, and resulted in a reinterpretation of his work by contemporary art historians and scholars. Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs.

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  • Creator
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish)
  • Creation Year
    1963
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Width: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
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  • Condition
    Overall good condition; sheet with full margins and deckled edges; slight mat burn from previous framing; frame in excellent condition; presented in a vintage moulding with minor retouched imperfections.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 12374c1stDibs: LU60534974042

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About the Artist

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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