Pablo Picasso

Spanish artist, 1881-1973

As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, Picasso is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long life, Picasso achieved universal renown and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art. Nowadays, four works by Picasso are among the ten most expensive paintings in the world.

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Picasso, Pablo

painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph letter signed „Picasso“ with a small sketch of a sock. Golfe-Juan. Folio. 1 page. Pencil. Expected folding.
$ 30,422 / 28.000 € (59908)

In Spanish on the verso of a printed menu to an unidentified friend: „Aqui estamos todos juntos con Minuni“ (the torero Francisco Reina called „El Minuni“). Picasso is thanking the recipient for sending the „michons“ (socks in Catalan) and is drawing a sock.

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Picasso, Pablo

Maler (1881-1973) Eigenh. Testat mit Datierung und Unterschrift. Vallauris. 31.3.1955. 8vo (120 : 169 mm).
$ 5,976 / 5.500 € (81660)

„Esta cose est mía […]“ auf der Rückseite eines gedr. Karte, die ein Gemälde von Picasso zeigt. Provenance : Galerie Rousso

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Picasso, Pablo

painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph letter signed „Picasso“. N. p. n. d. 8vo. 1 p.
$ 15,211 / 14.000 € (83303)

ALS presumably from 1921. „Monsieur, Très heureux de vous connaître, je serai à la maison demain vendredi le matin vers onze heures. Voulez-vous? Mes meilleures salatuations. Picasso“ Picasso invites the unknown receipient to visit him the next day around eleven o’clock. In 1921 Picasso’s first child, Paulo, was born. It was a year, Picasso created decorations and costumes design for Cuadro Flamenco, Andalusian dances and songs suites. It premiered at the Parisian Gaîté-Lyrique Theater in May. After that Picasso also got his work back, which was confiscated during the war by the French government.

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Picasso, Pablo

painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph note signed „Picasso“. Cannes. 25.6.1964. 92 : 210 mm. 1 p. Envelope Jacqueline Picasso’s hand.
$ 4,889 / 4.500 € (83304)

Note signed by Picasso „Picasso“ to Jean Leymarie of the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris: „Joyente fête - Jean […]“. Signed by Picasso and Jacqueline Roque Picasso, Catherine Hutin-Blay et Bella. Jacqueline Picasso (1927–1986) was the last muse and second wife of Pablo Picasso. Their marriage lasted 11 years until his death, during which time he created over 400 portraits of her, more than any of Picasso's other loves. Catherine Hutin-Blay was her daughter, and step daughter of Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso perhaps the most influential and recognizable painter of the 20th century, is well known for his deep love and appreciation for women.

Although he had many lovers throughout his life, only eight of them became his muses. The first of his muses was Fernande Olivier (1881-1966), who was also his first long-time partner. She is depicted in many pieces from his Rose Period. She left him after he became to possessive. The second of his muses was Eva Gouel (1885-1915) who was one of Fernande’s friends. Eva is often called the „queen of his cubist works” as she appeared in a series of his works of that genre. The third of his muses, Olga Khokhlova (1891-1955), a Russian ballerina, became his first wife. She was a big opponent of the Cubism he was developing at the time and demanded to be painted in a completely different style. The fourth of Picasso’s muses was Marie-Thérèse Walter (1909-1977), who was 29 years younger then Picasso. She modelled for his Surrealistic pieces. The fifth muse was Dora Maar (1907-1997). She was a photographer and a painter and witness to him creating his masterpiece Guernica. With Françoise Gilot (1921) Picasso had two children. In 1964 she published her memoirs called Life with Picasso and moved to New York. He painted a series of at least 20 drawings of Geneviève Laporte (1926-2012), who ended the relationship in 1953..

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Picasso, Pablo

painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph restaurant menu, signed. Saint-Raphaël. 19.7.1964. 130 : 70 mm. Folded.
$ 4,889 / 4.500 € (83306)

Pretty restaurant menu signed by Picasso and Michel Leiris and others. The menu is from the restaurant La Voile d’Or, a restaurant in Saint-Raphaël. The specialities are Paté de foie gras truffé di Périgord, tortilla, Cocktail de langoustines and more. Michel Leiris (1901-1990) was a French surrealist writer and ethnographer. He was üart of the Surrealist group in Paris. In 1926, he married Louise Godon, the stepdaughter of Picasso's art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. He regularly contributed articles on artists such as Picasso. In 1919 Picasso painted „Still life in a window in Saint-Raphael“.

Picasso made this watercolor in the summer of 1919 while vacationing with his first wife, Olga Koklova, in Saint-Raphaël on the French Riviera. The newlyweds shared a cramped room with a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea..

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Picasso, Pablo

Spanish painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph letter signed „Picasso“. Vauvenargues. 4to. 1 page. Red ink.
$ 9,235 / 8.500 € (89658)

Autograph letter signed „Picasso“ addressed to the National Bank for Commerce and Industry, Paris. „Sirs, Following my previous letter, it’s done that as mandatory of Miss Marie Thérèse Walter, I see no difficulty that she also be able to acces to her safety box if she would like to. Picasso“

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Picasso, Pablo

Spanish painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph letter signed ("votre Picasso"). Villa "La Californie", Cannes. 02.02.1960. Oblong 4to. 1 page.
$ 10,322 / 9.500 € (82602/BN53784)

In blue ballpoint to his chambermaid and confidante Inès Sassier, announcing a cheque (not enclosed) to be taken to the lawyer Bernard de Sarriac, who was in charge of controlling the alimony that Picasso owed his children Claude and Paloma: "Ma chère Inès, voici le cheque pour les enfants à porter à Sarriac. Merci, je vous embrasse tous [...]". - Traces of original folds. In near-perfect condition.

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Picasso, Pablo

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer (1881-1973). Photograph signed. [Cannes. 104 x 148 mm. Silver print.
$ 7,062 / 6.500 € (83076/BN54510)

Picasso is seen in a checkered shirt at a table, a pen in his right hand, signing prints, looking at another person to his right who is presenting the sheets. A pencil note on the verso indicates the picture to have been taken at his Villa La Californie in Cannes and obtained in 1956.

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Picasso, Pablo

Spanish painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Original drawing with autograph dedication signed "Picasso". Golfe-Juan. 16.09.1953. 271 x 208 mm. Blue ballpoint on laid paper.
$ 48,893 / 45.000 € (86175/BN57127)

Portrait of the Swiss publisher Albert Skira (1904-76), dated and inscribed with the dedication: "Pour ces 25 ans d'éditions et 30 Ans d'Amitié. Picasso". The expressive profile of Skira, including parts of his shoulders and one arm, is representative of Picasso's sketchy and graphic art oriented late style. It is the last of seven numbered portraits of the publisher that Picasso drew on the evening of 16 September 1953 in the booth of a restaurant in Golfe-Juan. - Skira "played an important role in Picasso's life in that in the fall of 1930 he commissioned him to illustrate Ovid's Metamorphoses.

Picasso achieved surrealist transformations in an admirably classical graphic style [...]. This was one of the reasons that led Vollard to commission him to produce what was to become the Vollard Suite. Skira subsequently offered him another opportunity by creating, in 1933, the splendid magazine 'Minotaure': for the cover of the first issue, Picasso created a virtuoso collage" (cf. Pierre Daix, Dictionnaire Picasso). - With original fold mark and insignificant tears in the fold. An unrelated note in ink on the verso reads: "Vauthier baryton"..

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Picasso, Pablo

Spanish painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph signature "Picasso" in an exhibition booklet. [Céret. 8vo. (12) pp. With five reproductions in the text. Signature in blue ink. Original printed wrappers.
$ 4,889 / 4.500 € (86176/BN57128)

Picasso signed the title-page of the booklet to the exhibition "Picasso, Tauromachies & Œvres récentes, Lithographies, Céramiques" at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Céret, 1954, with an introduction by Picasso's friend Pierre Brune. - Minimal rust stains from original staple binding.

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Picasso, Pablo

painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Autograph picture postcard signed ("Picasso"). [Biarritz. Oblong 8vo. 1 page. With autograph address.
$ 19,014 / 17.500 € (88915/BN58905)

Sending the art dealer André Level his then-current address: "Mon cher ami, je n'ai pas eu un moment pour aller vous dire au revoir avant de partir. Mais voici mon adresse à Biarritz Villa Mimoseraie Route de Bayonne où j'espère que vous me enverrez de temps en temps de vos nouvelles [...]".

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Lettre autographe signée adressée à Inés Sassier.
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To Inés Sassier: "Ma chère Inès, voici une lettre qu'il faudrait apporter chez Monsieur de Sarrise. Bien des amitiés de tout le monde. Je vous embrasse". - In 1936, Picasso had met Ines Sassier and her sister in Mougins while vacationing with Paul and Nusch Eduard and had brought them back to work for him at the Rue de Boétie apartment. Although Inés had left Paris during the war she returned there to work for Picasso as his housekeeper. For more than three decades, she would serve as Picasso's friend, advisor cook and confidant.


Picasso, Pablo

Autograph note signed.
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In Spanish, to André Castel: "[...] Con un abrazo de su Picasso mil amistades [...]".


Picasso, Pablo

Photograph signed.
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Photograph by Picasso, the image depicting the painter outdoors, in a half length profile pose, seated at table having a coffee alongside Henri-Georges Clouzot, both smoking. Picasso with his arm up explains something to Clouzot who closely listens to him. Signed by Picasso in blue ink to the lower light border of the photograph. With full provenance explanation to the verso by the restaurant owner where the photograph was obtained in Antibes, 1956. - The French film director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-77) directed, inter alia, the documentary film "The Mystery of Picasso" (1956), which was declared a national treasure by the government of France.


Picasso, Pablo

Postkarte mit eigenh. U. ("Picasso").
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To the actor and writer Marcel Duhamel, a former member of the Surrealist movement and of the avant-garde group "Le grand jeu". - The postcard shows a view of the Nîmes amphitheatre. A lines of greetings and the address are written by Picasso's second wife Jacqueline, née Roque. - Includes an autograph picture postcard by Jacqueline to Duhamel (Picasso's "Le Bouquet", 21 April 1958) and a telegram in both their names, likewise addressed to Duhamel ("Nous zazissons dans la joie. Merci. Amitiés = Picasso et Jacquelin").