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Pablo Picasso, Vertumne Poursuit Pomone de son Amour (from Ovid's Metamorphoses)
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TITLE:  Vertumne Poursuit Pomone de son Amour (from Ovid's Metamorphoses)
ARTIST:  Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
WORK DATE:  1930
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  Etching on copper on Imperial japon; untrimmed
EDITION/SET OF:  A rare, signed proof with the black
MARKINGS:  Signed in pencil; no watermark used in this edition
SIZE:  Print 308 x 222mm, 12.125 x 8.75"
Sheet 325 x 255mm, 12.8 x 10.04"
STYLE:  Modern
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Ledor Fine Art  510-845-3121  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Impression: Very fine
Condition: Flawless; framed

There could be no better fit between text and illustrator than a story of transformation, the very hallmark of Picasso's art. The thirty wonderful and deceptively simple portraits that comprise this series include fifteen half-length portraits which illustrated the chapter titles and bore no specific relationship to the text. The full-length works did however closely correspond to the narrative, which was unusual in Picasso's illustrated books. This series was created contemporaneously with the earliest prints of the Vollard Suite, with which it shares the simple elegance of the artist's neoclassical style. This particular image is easily the most beautiful and the most interesting, and is also one of the two most important works, of the series.

Albert Skira was just starting out in the publishing business when he decided to shoot for the stars and ask Picasso to illustrate a book for him. Picasso agreed but was at a loss as to which book to choose to illustrate. After some time, Picasso related a dream to Pierre Matisse, the artist's son, in which women were transformed into fish. Pierre seminally proposed that Picasso illustrate Ovid's Metamorphoses. For his fiftieth birthday on October 25, 1931, Picasso received the first proof of this book from Skira.

This impression is particularly rare because it combines three features, each of which is rare in this edition in its own right: the signature, the japan paper, and the remarque in the lower right corner (a "doodle" that Picasso added to the plate after the edition of 145).

ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Ledor Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  Bloch 126; Baer 170; Cramer 19
Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. OPP.30:020.
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