Lot Details

Full margins. A superb, well-inked impression in excellent condition.

Sheet size: 13 x 17.25 inches (33 x 43,8 cm)

This beautiful original etching was published in an edition of 310 as part of the renowned Vollard Suite. Ambroise Vollard was a respected Paris picture dealer and publisher of limited-edition books, lithographs & etchings; his gallery became the center for leading art figures in Paris and helped stimulate a new movement in art. In 1901, Vollard's gallery hosted Pablo Picasso's first Paris exhibition. Vollard began to purchase Picasso's etching plates beginning in 1913. In 1937, Pablo Picasso gave Vollard ninety-seven copper plates of his work dating from 1930 to 1936, which were subsequently printed and published as the Vollard Suite.

The theme of the Minotaur is a thread that is woven through the fabric of Picasso’s oeuvre. A brutish and bold masculine figure, it is in no particular chronological order that the Minotaur acts out scenes from Picasso’s life; he is seen to create prints and to paint, he makes love to Dora Maar, he is challenged by women, and at times, brutalizes the objects of his affections. In several dream-like tableaus, we see that he experiences tender moments with his pregnant mistress and muse, Marie-Thérèse, who was only 17 when they met. Marie-Thérèse figures largely in the Vollard Suite, which some have said serves as a visual diary of their love affair. In these scenes we typically see Marie-Thérèse in the nude, in repose, the subject of the Minotaur’s gaze. However, it is through the safety of his relationship with Marie-Thérèse that Picasso allowed the Minotaur to encounter the artist’s darkest fear, the fear of blindness. In Blind minotaur led by a little girl in the night, for the first time we see the Minotaur as powerless. We see an allegory to purity and a testimony of love as Marie-Thérèse leads the beast through the dark, his trust in her completely. What sets Blind minotaur led by a little girl in the night aside from other prints in the Vollard suite, and from the Picasso’s Minotauraqia in general, is that we see a rare and gentle moment at the soul of an Id driven creature, and an indication that his relationship with Marie-Thérèse would define his career.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), one of the most prominent, innovative artists of the last century, is celebrated for his 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.

Read more
Catalogue Raisonné: 225, Bloch
The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Acid Burn
Area: Margin
Location: Other location
Notes: Minor marginal mat and age tone. Unobtrusive and well outside of the image area. One minor spot of foxing in lower canter margin, also well outside of image area. Please see additional images.
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.

CLOSE
Provenance:
  • Collection of noted British Horror Film Producer Richard Gordon: USA
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.5 x 13 in. (24.13 x 33.02 cm.)
Accepted: Wire Transfer
artnet Assurance Policy: Every artnet Auctions seller has been approved by artnet after a thorough review. All of our sellers are required to accept the following artnet policy: A buyer may return an item purchased through artnet Online Auctions, if the item received is not as described in its listing, or is found to be not authentic.
Please see our full Return Policy for details.