Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973 Spanish AR Deux Femmes Nues dans un Arbre, paper size 18
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973 Spanish AR Deux Femmes Nues dans un Arbre, paper size 18.5 x 23.5 ins., (44.5 x 59.75 cms.), plate size 14.75 x 11.75 ins., (37.5 x 30 cms.), Etching, four trimmed edges on Arches paper, Signed in ink and numbered 3/100, Provenance: The etching was bought by Maisie Moorhead at a Picasso exhibition at the Zwemmer Gallery, London in 1932 for 30 guineas. It hung in her house in Warehorne, where it received little or no comment. When the current owner remarked on the etching, Maisie said he had been the first person to have appreciated it in thirty years. On her death she bequeathed the etching to the present owner in her will. The Pallant House Gallery in Chichester has an impression from this edition signed and numbered in ink that has faded to brown, artists normally sign in pencil. Auction records show impressions of this etching sold at Christie's New York for $4,950 in 1988 at the Edward James Collection sale and for �_�10,625 at Sotheby's Paris on 3-6-2010, an etching that had been dedicated to his friend, Andre Laval, stating the edition had been conceived in 1931. The etching confirms Picasso's fabled draughtmanship, a great master in action. The delicate etching resembles an exquisite silverpoint line, which makes it difficult to reproduce in the catalogue, unless enlarged.
Auction Date: May 2012