Lot Details

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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Catalogue Raisonné: 28, Bloch
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Soiling / Requires Cleaning
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: There is minor paper discoloration consistent with age at extreme sheet edges, well outside of the image area. A superb impression with good inking.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.



Degree
Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

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Provenance:
  • Ex-Collection of noted British horror genre film producer, Richard Gordon: USA
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 in. (27.94 x 21.84 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer
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