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    Sale 7601

    Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

    25 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 202

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

    Study for Le déjeuner

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    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Study for Le déjeuner
    signed, dated and numbered 'Picasso 15.6.62.I' (lower left)
    pencil on paper
    10 5/8 x 16½ in. (27 x 42 cm.)
    Drawn on 15 June 1962

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    From August 1959 to December 1961, Picasso produced a series of works inspired by Manet's iconic Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863, Musée d'Orsay, Paris).
    When he brought this series to a conclusion, he had painted 27 canvases and made approximately 140 drawings. Marie-Laure Bernadac has written: 'Le déjeuner sur l'herbe gave Picasso the opportunity to work on an outdoor scene after having done so many interiors (the harem, the studio). It was also an indirect homage to Cézanne's Grandes Baigneuses and to the Joie de Vivre by Matisse. The picture also provided a chance to study the female nude. Picasso drew these figures in every possible posture, manipulating them as he saw fit. The full, schematic and 'punched out forms' of Manet's characters were translated by Picasso into a kind of rounded tube. As he worked on the Déjeuner, Picasso managed to invent a new morphology. The central characters - the seated nude female and the man conversing with her - are involved in a dialogue that subtly becomes that of the painter with his model.' (in The ultimate Picasso, New York, 2000, p. 430)

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    Galerie Louise Leiris [Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler], by whom acquired from the artist.
    Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner in May 1968, and thence by descent.

    Pre-Lot Text



    C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 20, Oeuvres de 1961 à 1962, Paris, 1968, no. 271 (illustrated p. 122).
    A. & M. Glimcher, Je suis le cahier. The Sketchbooks of Picasso, Boston/New York, 1986, no. 163.
    The Picasso Project (ed.), Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Sixties I, 1960-1963, San Francisco, 2002, no. 62-098 (illustrated p. 242).