• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7839

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    31 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 130

    Pablo Picasso

    Visage de Marie-Thérèse (Mourlot XXIII; B. 95; Ba. 243b; cf. Cramer books 16)

    Price Realised  

    Pablo Picasso
    Visage de Marie-Thérèse (Mourlot XXIII; B. 95; Ba. 243b; cf. Cramer books 16)
    lithograph, 1928, on Japon, signed in pencil, numbered 120/200, one of 120 published as the frontispiece of the deluxe edition of Picasso by André Level, published by G. Crès & Cie, Paris, with margins, the left edge slightly irregular where removed from the book, the sheet thin at the right sheet edge; with a copy of the book, copy number 1/200 (according to a pencil inscription on the flyleaf) (print and book)
    L. 204 x 142 mm., S. 265 x 188 mm.


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    On the evening of January 8, 1927, on a crowded Parisian boulevard, Picasso encountered the woman who would become his muse and lover for the next decade, Marie-Thérèse Walter. He greeted her with the famous line "Mademoiselle, you have an interesting face. I would like to make your portrait", and adding presciently: "I sense we will do great things together". So many works were made in celebration of her charms that it has been said that Picasso's creative output between 1927 and 1937 was a decade-long lyrical poem to Marie-Thérèse. This is one of Picasso's earliest portraits of her.

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    Please note that the accompanying book lacks a frontispiece.