PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973
Málaga 1881-1973 Mougins (Spanish)
Title: Four Nude Women and a Sculpted Head (Vollard Suite pl. 82), 1934
Technique: Original Hand Signed Etching and Drypoint on Montval paper
Paper Size: 45.1 x 34.5 cm / 17.5 x 13.6 in
Plate Size: 31.6 x 22.4 cm / 12.4 x 8.8
Additional Information: This original etching is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” in the lower right margin.
It was printed in by Lacourière in a limited edition of 250 impressions and published by A. Vollard, Paris. This is the 82nd plate in La Suite Vollard, Picasso’s most important series of etchings, and was realised on 10th March 1934.
The paper bears the Vollard watermark.
Note: The Suite Vollard, created between 1930 and 1937, was named after its publisher, the French art dealer and critic Ambroise Vollard. Picasso and Vollard shared a close working relationship up until 1910; however, after this date Vollard was no longer Picasso’s dealer though the two continued to collaborate on publishing projects. In 1930, Vollard, encouraged by the success of two earlier ventures, ambitiously commissioned 100 plates from Picasso and by 1937 the plates were completed and given to master printer Roger Lacouriere to print. The entire edition comprises 3 copies on parchment, 50 copies on larger format Montval paper (50 x 38 cm.) and 250 on smaller format Montval paper 44.5 x 34 cm.). Tragically, Ambroise Vollard died in a car crash on 22 July 1939 leaving the project temporarily suspended, until a greater part of the edition was purchased by the print dealer Henri Marie Petiet. After World War II, Petiet engaged Picasso to sign a certain number of sets, and this continued up until 1969 but ceased with the publication of the 347 Series. Hence, a large number of the prints from the edition of 250 remain unsigned.
1. Bloch, G. (1968). Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1904-1967. Bern: Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein. Reference: Bloch 219
2. Baer, B. (1992). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome II, Catalogue Raisonne de l’OEuvre Grave. Bern: Editions Kornfeld.
Reference: Baer 424.
Condition: Very good condition.