5 February 2004
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
signed 'Picasso' (upper left); dated 'samedi 11.4.70' (upper centre)
felt tip pen on board
9½ x 7¼ in. (24.3 x 18.2 cm.)
Executed on Saturday, 11 April 1970
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the previous owner, circa 1970.
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C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1970, vol. XXXII, Paris, 1977, no. 63 (illustrated p. 32, as 'dessin à l'encre et sépia', and 'Recto du no. 65').
The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Maya Widmaier Picasso.
This drawing bore on the verso a Tête d'homme (C. Zervos, op. cit., no. 65). The recto and verso being fully independent works, and the artist's board having been thick, the two works have been separated with the consent of Maya Widmaier Picasso.
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