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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Père Noël
signed, dated and dedicated 'Picasso 24.12.59. pour Gilberte et Serge' (upper left)
colored wax crayons on paper
19 ½ x 13 3/8 in. (49.5 x 34 cm.)
Drawn on 24 December 1959
Gilberte Duclaud and Serge Chauby, Cannes (gift from the artist, December 1959).
Acquired by the family of the present owner, by 1970.
A. Kohler, "Exposition à l'Ecole internationale: Pour les 90 ans de Picasso on dévorera une sculpture du maître!", Tribune de Genève, 4-5 December 1971, p. 11 (illustrated in color).
Geneva, Ecole internationale, Les 90 ans de Picasso, December 1971.

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Maya Widmaier-Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
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Picasso gifted the present work to Gilberte Duclaud and Serge Chauby on Christmas Eve 1959. Duclaud was the owner of Galerie 65 in Cannes, which held multiple exhibitions for the artist.

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