Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Le Repas Frugal, from: La Suite des Saltimbanques

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Le Repas Frugal, from: La Suite des Saltimbanques
etching with drypoint, 1904, on Van Gelder Zonen paper, a very good impression of the second, final state, printing with good contrasts, from the edition of 250 after the steel-facing of the plate (there were a further 27 or 29 impression on Japan paper), published by A. Vollard, Paris, with margins, a skilfully repaired paper split on the woman's right arm, a few small repaired surface abrasions mainly in the upper right subject, some time and light-staining, framed
Plate 432 x 375 mm., Sheet 531 x 419 mm.
With Galerie Palette, Zurich.
Kornfeld, Bern, 21 June 1995, lot 116 (CHF 80,000).
Bloch 1; Baer 2 II b2

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Lot Essay

Poised between Picasso's two most significant early periods, Le Repas Frugal represents a pivotal point in the artist's oeuvre. As part of his first series of prints, entitled La Suite des Saltimbanques, it contains elements of both the Blue Period, marked by its melancholic introspection, and the Rose Period, characterised by the artist's fascination with strolling acrobat players.

First printed in small numbers by Eugène Delâtre in 1905, the plates were later bought by Ambroise Vollard. He had the plates steel-faced and in 1913 the edition was printed by Louis Fort.

Having just learnt the technique from Ricardo Canals, a fellow resident of Montmarte, it is astonishing that Picasso produced this icon in the history of printmaking at the age of only twenty-three. One of his masterpieces as a printmaker, it was only his second work in the medium, which fascinated him for the remainder of his life.

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