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Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Lot 527: Escultor reclinado ante un pequeño torso. Colección Suite Vollard

Isbilya Subastas SL

February 6, 2019
Sevilla, Spain

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Por encargo del marchante de arte y editor Ambroise Vollard, quien organizó la primera exposición del artista español en París en 1901, Pablo Picasso realizó cien cobres grabados entre el 13 de septiembre de 1930 y marzo de 1937 que han pasado a la historia del arte bajo el nombre de "Suite Vollard". El conjunto de las 100 estampas apareció en 1939 en dos formatos: 76 x 50 cm sobre papel avitelado firmados por el artista con lápiz rojo o negro, con 50 ejemplares por plancha, y otro más pequeño , 44.5 x 34 cm. sobre papel verjurado de Montval con la marca al agua “Vollard” o” Picasso” en tirada de 250 ejemplares, serie que nos ocupa. Este segundo formato se encuentra hoy disperso como láminas sueltas en diferentes colecciones privadas o públicas y sólo algunos de estos conjuntos se conservan unidos. La complicada historia del origen de la obra, su variedad temática y su diversidad técnica, en la que se reúnen los estilos de elaboración más variados (buril, aguafuerte, aguatinta, aguada y punta seca, e incluso combinados), animaron a su dispersión. La "Suite Vollard" constituye, por tanto, uno de los testimonios histórico-artísticos más importantes del siglo XX. En sus láminas está presente el mejor Picasso, aquel que ya ha conseguido el reconocimiento internacional y está atento a todas las novedades, pero sabe dotar a sus creaciones un estilo propio, reconocible, que trasciende del mundo de los especialistas y es identificado por el gran público; un Picasso que, más allá de la pintura, se consagra como escultor, ceramista y grabador. Estas láminas albergan un compendio de los temas recurrentes en su obra —el amor, la violencia, las dificultades de la creación artística— organizados en un crescendo que desemboca en una iconografía muy próxima al Guernica. El propio Picasso describió sus grabados como "un diario visual" y una manera de poder llevar la cuenta de las ideas que le iban surgiendo. Picasso culmina la serie en 1937 con tres retratos de Vollard y entrega las planchas de cobre completas a su maestro impresor Roger Lacourière, quien las imprime en 1939. Tras la muerte de Vollard, Henri Petiet adquirió la totalidad de la edición a excepción de los tres retratos. Picasso empieza a firmar la suite en la década de 1950 de manerea esporádica y durante varios años probablemente, hasta 1969. 'Suite Vollard' . Stephen Coppel, Museo Británico 'Suite Vollard' de Pablo Picasso. Colecciones Fundación Mapfre'. Grabado al aguafuerte impreso en tinta negra sobre papel verjurado Montval hecho a mano. Firmado a lápiz : "Picasso" Marca de agua : "Vollard" Numerado en plancha: "París XXXIII" Serie de 260 ejemplares. Plancha fechada en París el 30 de marzo de 1933 Grabador: Roger Lacourière

Commissioned by the art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard, who organized the first exhibition of the Spanish artist in Paris in 1901, Pablo Picasso made a hundred copper etchings between September 13, 1930 and March 1937 that have gone down in the history of low art the name of "Suite Vollard". The set of 100 prints appeared in 1939 in two formats: 76 x 50 cm on wove paper signed by the artist with red or black pencil, with 50 copies per plate, and another smaller, 44.5 x 34 cm. on laid paper of Montval with the watermark "Vollard" or "Picasso" in a print run of 250 copies, the series that concerns us. This second format is now scattered as loose sheets in different private or public collections and only some of these sets are kept together. The complicated history of the origin of the work, its thematic variety and its technical diversity, which brings together the most varied styles of elaboration (burin, etching, aquatint, aguada and dry tip, and even combined), encouraged its dispersion. The "Vollard Suite" is, therefore, one of the most important historical-artistic testimonies of the 20th century. The best Picasso is present in his prints, the one who has already achieved international recognition and is attentive to all the novelties, but knows how to give his creations his own, recognizable style that transcends the world of specialists and is identified by the great public; a Picasso who, beyond painting, consecrates himself as a sculptor, ceramist and engraver. These plates contain a compendium of the recurrent themes in his work - love, violence, the difficulties of artistic creation - organized in a crescendo that leads to an iconography very close to Guernica. Picasso himself described his engravings as "a visual diary" and a way to keep track of the ideas that were emerging. Picasso completed the series in 1937 with three portraits of Vollard and handed over the complete copper plates to his master printer Roger Lacourière, who printed them in 1939. After the death of Vollard, Henri Petiet acquired the entirety of the edition except for the three Pictures. Picasso began signing the suite in the 1950s sporadically and for several years probably, until 1969. 'Vollard Suite'. Stephen Coppel, British Museum 'Suite Vollard' by Pablo Picasso. Mapfre Foundation Collections. Etching print printed in black ink on handmade Montval laid paper. Signed in pencil: "Picasso" Watermark: "Vollard" Numbered on plate: "Paris XXXIII" Series of 260 copies. Plate dated in Paris on March 30, 1933 Recorder: Roger Lacourière

Dimensions

Plancha: 19.5 x 26 cm / Hoja: 34 x 45 cm

Artist or Maker

PABLO PICASSO

PABLO PICASSO

Notes

Pintura contemporánea, Obra gráfica

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