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    Sale 11793

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper

    23 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 130

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

    Amitié franco-soviétique, France-URSS

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    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Amitié franco-soviétique, France-URSS
    signed 'Picasso' (lower right); signed again in Russian and dated 'Picasso 10.10.56.' (lower left)
    brush and ink on paper
    14 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.1 x 27 cm.)
    Drawn on 10 October 1956

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    Maya Widmaier-Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    In October 1956 in Moscow, the first important Picasso exhibition since the revolution opened. The exhibition was held to mark Picasso's 75th birthday and organised by the club 'The Friends of Science and French Culture', and the USSR Academy of Fine Arts. The show presented works from the Soviet museums, alongside other works sent by Picasso, including this drawing for the November 1956 issue of 'France-URSS' magazine.

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    Collection Espace Marx, Lille.
    Private collection, Europe, by 1979, and thence by descent to the present owners.

    Pre-Lot Text



    France URSS, no. 142, July 1957, p. 33 (illustrated).
    Picasso Project (ed.), Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Fifties II, 1956-1959, San Francisco, 2000, no. 56-258 (a), p. 85 (illustrated).
    G. R. Utley, Picasso, The Communist Years, New Haven, 2000, p. 200 (reproduced as the journal illustration).
    G. Gosselin, Picasso et la presse, Paris, 2000, no. 241, p. 163 (illustrated).