• Prints & Multiples auction at Christies

    Sale 11966

    Prints & Multiples

    21 September 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

    Femme à la mantille avec une fleur, from: Le Carmen des Carmen

    Price Realised  

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Femme à la mantille avec une fleur, from: Le Carmen des Carmen
    aquatint with extensive handcolouring in green crayon, 1949, on Japon nacré paper, signed in green crayon, numbered IX/XXX in pencil, published by Editeurs Français Réunis, Paris, 1964, with wide margins, some unobtrusive soft creases in the margins and very pale time staining, otherwise in very good condition
    Plate 410 x 310 mm., Sheet 494 x 380 mm.


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    Prosper Mérimée’s novella Carmen, the story of a fated romance between a gypsy girl and a young soldier, was a continuing source of inspiration for Picasso. Made famous by Georges Bizet’s opera, its picturesque Andalusian setting and cast of bullfighters and mantilla-bedecked damsels evoked vivid associations for the artist of his home country. In 1949, at the suggestion of his friend, the writer Louis Aragon, Picasso had produced eight aquatints to accompany the text, only four of which were finally issued at the time. Fifteen years later, again at Aragon’s instigation, the artist issued the four unpublished plates to accompany Le Carmen des Carmen, a facsimile edition of the book which he had adorned with drawings in 1958. Thirty impressions of Femme à la mantille avec une fleur were published in the deluxe edition. As far as we know, this example, presumably intended as gift to Aragon, is the only one that we are aware of to have been hand-coloured by the artist.

    Special Notice

    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Provenance

    Louis Aragon (1897-1982), Paris; presumably a gift from the artist.
    A gift from the above in 1978, then by descent to the present owner.


    Literature

    Bloch 1004B; Baer 875; see Cramer Books 126


    Post Lot Text

    Maya Widmaier-Picasso and Claude Picasso have confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    This work is sold with a photo-certificate from Claude Picasso.