25th Oct, 2022 11:00 EST

Modern and Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 11
 

11

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Minotaure Caressant une Dormeuse from La Suite Vollard

June 18, 1933, pencil signed (from the edition of 250, there were also 50 on larger format paper and 3 on parchment), with wide margins, Ambroise Vollard, Paris, publisher and with their watermark. Drypoint on paper.
image: 11 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. (29.5 x 36.5cm)
sheet: 13 3/8 x 17 1/2 in. (34 x 44.5cm)
[Bloch, 201; Baer 369]

Sold for $63,000
Estimated at $50,000 - $80,000


 

June 18, 1933, pencil signed (from the edition of 250, there were also 50 on larger format paper and 3 on parchment), with wide margins, Ambroise Vollard, Paris, publisher and with their watermark. Drypoint on paper.
image: 11 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. (29.5 x 36.5cm)
sheet: 13 3/8 x 17 1/2 in. (34 x 44.5cm)
[Bloch, 201; Baer 369]

Note

Pablo Picasso once said, “If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a Minotaur.” The Minotaur, imagery of bulls and bull-fighting and mythological creatures all played an important role in the artist’s creation throughout his career. Within the context of the personal upheaval Picasso experienced in the 1930s, the Minotaur represented a sort of alter-ego for the artist, a powerful creature symbolizing “lasciviousness, violence, guilt, and despair.”

The present lot, Minotaure Caressant une Dormeuse, is part of the Vollard Suite, an important series of etchings published between 1930-37 by one of Picasso’s first dealers and collectors in Paris, Ambroise Vollard. The suite includes one hundred prints which primarily focus on the artist’s studio and creative process. This example represents one of the more aggressive scenes in the series, with the Minotaur figure bearing down on the sleeping woman, nostrils flared and muscles rippling, and with most of the detail of the picture residing in the creature’s massive head.

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