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Femme Assise (Dora Maar) Seated Woman (Frontispiece for Contrée). 1943 (23 December, Paris). Etching on copper. Bloch 362; Baer 689B.b; Cramer 39; Elliott, Picasso on Paper, National Galleries of Scotland, 2007, illustrated p.84 9 5/8 x 5 3/16 (sheet 11 1/16 x 7 7/16). Edition 200, from the total edition of 213 (according to Cramer; Baer makes reference to about 44 additonal impressions) printed by Lacourière in 1944 before the cancellation of the plate.A very fine impression printed on Lafuma pur fil wove paper with Lafuma watermark. Pristine condition. Signed and dated in the plate as issued. $9,500.
Homme dévoilant une Femme. (Man uncovering a woman). 1933. Etching. Bloch 138; Baer 203 B.d. 14 1/2 x 11 3/4 (sheet 17 1/2 x 11 3/4). Series: Suite Vollard, plate 5. From the edition of 250 on petit papier vergé Montval paper (there was also an edition of 50 on grand papier vergé Montval that same year, and 3 on parchment). Printed by: Lacourière, Paris. A rich impression with drypoint burr, printed on laid paper countermarked 'Vollard' on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed in pencil. Price upon request.
Minotaure, Buveur et Femmes. ( The Office Party). 1933. Etching. Bloch 200, Baer 368IVBd. 11 3/4 x 14 3/8 (sheet 13 1/2 x 17 1/2). Series: Suite Vollard, plate 92. Edition of 250 on petit papier vergé Montval (there was also an edition of 50 on grand papier vergé Montval that same year, and 3 on parchment). Printed by: Lacourière, Paris. A rich impression with drypoint burr, impression printed on petit papier vergé Montval laid paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Elegantly housed in a gold leaf frame and silk mat. Price upon request.
The suite of 100 images was named for Picasso's art dealer and publisher, Ambroise Vollard (1867-1939). Vollard, responsible for giving the first one-man show in Paris for Picasso in 1901 is the subject of a special exhibition to be at the Museum of Modern Art in New York September, 2006 - January, 2007. Vollard also gave the first solo shows for artists Cezanne and Matisse in the Paris gallery he created in 1893 where he also exhibited art by Degas, Rodin, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, among others. In most of these early shows Vollard defied public taste, supporting avante-garde artists, all of whom later painted portraits of Vollard in appreciation for his early support.
In 1913 Vollard began to purchase the copper etching plates that Picasso prepared with the intent of producing a limited number of etchings "pulled" from those plates.
In 1937 Vollard was given 97 copper etching plates by Picasso in trade for some paintings (by other artists) that Picasso wanted from Vollard. The etching plates were created in the period 1930 to 1936. Picasso later created three etchings of Vollard, bringing the total number of etching plates to 100.
Vollard died in an auto accident in 1939 and soon after the etching plates were acquired by Georges Petiet. After World War II Petiet had Picasso sign a certain number of sets of the Vollard Suite etchings.
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