Lot # 131
International Graphics Online auction

Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973 Spanish

Le chapeau à fleurs (Jacqueline au chapeau à fleurs) (B. 1149)
colour linocut 1962
signed, editioned 35/50 and inscribed "B. 1149" in graphite and on verso stamped H.M.P.
21 x 15 3/4 in  53.3 x 40cm

Provenance:
H.M. Petiet
Sold sale of Old Master, 19th and 20th Century Prints, Sotheby's New York, May 1, 1998, lot 625
Acquired from the above by a Private Collector, Vancouver
By descent to the present Private Estate, Vancouver

Literature:
Georges Bloch, Pablo Picasso, Tome I, Catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié 1904 - 1967, page 240, Bloch #1149

This fine colour linocut is part of a relatively small production of works in Pablo Picasso’s oeuvre. The artist’s first experience with the medium of linocut was in 1952, when he created a series of posters for the potters of Vallauris, a village close to Cannes. Although the result was stunning, Picasso found the process too complex. He had to use different blocks to print each colour, combining them to arrive at the finished image. From then on, he focused on the mediums of etching and lithography. However, when he moved from Paris to Villa La Californie at Cannes and then in 1958 to his new property Château de Vauvenargues near Aix-en-Provence, Picasso was not able to work in these media as easily. Whereas proofing plates for etchings and lithographs took only a few hours when he resided in Paris, the process now took days – hence his return to linocut. This time, using the new reduction technique, he now printed every colour using the same block, cutting the board further to create each coloured layer. Despite simplifying the printing process, this left Picasso no room for error. The method required an incredible amount of vision to foresee how each change made to the block would affect the composition. Fortunately, this was the very kind of artistic challenge that motivated and excited Picasso.

Women in hats were a recurring theme in Picasso’s oeuvre since the 1930s, and this one is particularly striking. Le chapeau à fleurs portrays Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife, who he married in 1961. The artist’s biographer, John Richardson, dubbed the period from 1954 until his death in 1973, “l’époque Jacqueline,” as her figure permeated much of his work in this final chapter of his life.

This linocut was printed by Arnéra, Vallauris, and published in 1963 by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.

Please note: this work is unframed.

Estimate:

$40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

 
Final Bid: $42,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount $
18066 29/10/2019 10:15:36 PM $42,500 Autobid
34386 29/10/2019 11:33:38 AM $40,000 Autobid
5507 29/10/2019 11:33:38 AM $37,500
34386 22/10/2019 3:01:27 PM $35,000 Autobid

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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