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    Sale 1990

    Prints And Multiples

    29 - 30 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 226

    PABLO PICASSO

    Garçon sur un cheval de cirque et femmes, from La Série 347
    (B. 1495; Ba. 1511)

    Price Realised  

    PABLO PICASSO
    Garçon sur un cheval de cirque et femmes, from La Série 347
    (B. 1495; Ba. 1511)
    etching, 1968, on wove paper, with the artist's stamped signature, annotated in pencil 'épreuve avant aciérage', one of only five proofs before steel-facing (before the edition of 50 plus 17 artist's proofs published by Galerie L. Leiris, Paris, 1969), with wide margins, a deckle edge at right, a few very minor handling creases in the margins, otherwise in very good condition, framed
    P. 12½ x 16¼ in. (315 x 412 mm.)
    S. 19¾ x 23 in. (500 x 585 mm.)


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    A Collection of Rare proofs from the Artist's Estate

    Each of the following ten proofs was printed before steel-facing, that is before a thin layer of steel was applied to the etching plate to protect Picasso's design during printing of the edition. Before steel-facing proofs exhibit a great clarity of line and are richer in contrast than post steel-facing. In these examples a soft, atmospheric plate tone also adds to the visual quality of the image. These proofs come from Picasso's personal collection of his own prints, and each bears the collection stamp of Marina, the artist's grandaughter.

    Provenance

    Marina Picasso, with her stamp on the reverse (not in Lugt)