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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
LOT ID: 65628
L'homme au chien (Rue Schoelcher), ie. circa 1914

Etching / Engraving, with scraper printed on Arches paper
11 х 8.6 in. (27.94 x 21.84 cm.)
Signed, by artist lower right, in red crayon. A superb, dark impression.
Print/Casting Year 1947
Edition 60
Foundry/Publisher Macquart printer/ Lucien Vollard-Marcel Lecomte pub. Paris
Lot description
Framed: 19.75 x 16.5 in
Paper Size: 13 x 9.75 in
Image: 11 x 8.6 in

Although the subject matter and composition of L'homme au chien (rue Schoelcher) is as simple as it looks (a man reading a newspaper with a dog at his feet), Picasso's main purpose here was to succeed in constructing a scene consisting of a series of abstract planes. This concept was born from his collages, or 'papiers collés', which he worked on during the autumn of 1912. This print and the stylistic breakthroughs here mark the beginnings of Picasso's synthetic cubist phase. Picasso worked on this plate on and off throughout 1915, but it was not until after 1930 that Ambrose Vollard acquired the plate and printed an edition of 100. The rue Schoelcher in the title of this piece is in reference to the home that Picasso shared with his mistress, Eva Gouel. Gouel died in December of 1915.

This impression is from the Lucien Vollard-Marcel Lecomte edition, printed by Macquart (or Maquart, printer in rue du Cherche Midi, Paris) after the copper plate had been steel faced around 1947; it is one of 60 impressions, 54 of which were signed in red crayon.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), one of the most prominent, innovative artists of the last century. He is celebrated for a lengthy and prolific career, working in several modernist idioms and diverse media. He was an early proponent and collaborator of the Cubists. When the first African artworks were exhibited in Paris, Picasso along with other modernists, found inspiration in the elegant simplification of the African aesthetic which they incorporated into their work. Held in the highest regard during his lifetime, retrospectives of the artist’s work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, the National Gallery in London, and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, among numerous other institutions. Picasso is renowned today as one of the pioneering and most influential forces of 20th-century modernism.
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