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    Sale 11964

    Prints & Multiples

    15 March 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 108

    Pablo Picasso

    Minotaure caressant une dormeuse, from: La Suite Vollard

    Price Realised  


    Pablo Picasso
    Minotaure caressant une dormeuse, from: La Suite Vollard
    drypoint, 1933-34, on vellum, signed in red ink, numbered 3/3 (there were also fifty on laid paper with wide margins and 260 with narrower margins), published by A. Vollard, Paris, 1939, a superb impression, dedicated in black ink pour monsieur Donndorf / amicalement / Picasso / le 16.12.67, with wide margins, rippling towards the sheet edges (as is usual with vellum), binding holes at the sheet edges, otherwise in good condition, framed

    Plate 287 x 343 mm., Sheet 405 x 507 mm.

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    This fine impression is printed on vellum and is from an edition of only three on this material. Picasso was fond of using different types of paper – in particular for deluxe editions - and here the warm tone and smooth surface results in a very different effect from the edition printed on paper. As vellum is not an absorbent material, the lines of ink sit proud on the surface, resulting in an impression of great visual depth and strength.

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    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.


    Bloch 201; Baer 369