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Pablo Picasso - Deux Buveurs Catalans

Pablo Picasso Deux Buveurs catalans

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Medium: Original Etching, Paris, 29th November 1934 , on small Montval Fillegree paper,  with Vollard watermark signature, signed by the artist in pencil, inscribed 376 on lower left (The Petiet stock number)

Edition: There was an edition of 260  proofs on small Montval paper.

There were also 50 proofs on larger Montval paper, 3 proofs on Parchment and 3 trial proofs


Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié,

4 vol. Berne: Kornfeld and Klipstein. 1968-1979. (Bloch:228)

Bois, Yve-Alain, ed. Picasso Harlequin 1917-1937 (Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, 11

October, 2008 - 8 February, 2009). Milano: Skira. 2008. (V.38)

Bolliger, Hans & Bernhard Geiser.Picasso's Vollard Suite. London: Thames and Hudson.

1956, 1977, 1994. (12)

Florman, Lisa Carol Myth and Metamorphosis: Picasso's Classical Prints of the 1930’s.

Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press. 2000. (3.1)

Geiser, Bernhard and Brigitte Baer. Picasso: Peintre-Graveur,

Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé et des monotypes, 7 vols. Berne: Kornfeld.

1986-1996. (Baer 442.B.d)

Greenfeld, Howard. Pablo Picasso: An Introduction. Chicago: Follett. 1971. (23p)

Haldemann, Anita, ed. Die Picassos sind da!: Eine Retrospektive aus

Basler Sammlungen (Kunstmuseum Basel, 17 März - 21 Juli, 2013). Ostfildern: Hatje

Cantz. 2013. (99)

Haldemann, Anita, ed. [AH.13] The Picassos Are Here!: A Retrospective from Basel

Collection (Kunstmuseum Basel, 17 March - 21 July, 2013). Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz.

2013. (99)

Mallen, Enrique, ed. (OPP) Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University.

1997-2016. (34:038)

Marilyn McCully & Christopher Johnstone.Pablo Picasso: The Artist Before Nature

(Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, September 22 - November 12, 1989). Auckland:

Auckland City Art Gallery. 1989. (35)

Palau i Fabre, Josep. Picasso: Del Minotaur al Guernica (1927-1939).

Barcelona: Ediciones Polígrafa. 2011. (IV:671)

Palau i Fabre, Josep. Picasso: Del Minotaur al Guernika (1927-1939). Barcelona:

Ediciones Polígrafa. 2011. (IV:671)

Palau i Fabre, Josep. [JP.11a] (P.IV) Picasso: From the Minotaur to Guernica

(1927-1939). Barcelona: Ediciones Polígrafa. 2011. (IV:671)

Sánchez Podadera, Antonio, Antonio Romero Márquez & Julio César Jiménez

Moreno. [GP.96] Genial Picasso. Málaga: Diario Málaga-Cajasur-Universidad de Málaga.

1996. (195p)

Walther, Ingo F. [IW.93] Pablo Picasso 1881-1973: Genius of the Century. New York

Taschen America Llc. 1993. (31p)

Warncke, Carsten-Peter & Ingo F. Walther. Pablo Picasso 1881-1973. New

York: Taschen America Ltd. 1991, 1995, 1998, 2006. (22p)

Published by: Ambroise Vollard, Paris

Printed by: Lacourier, Paris

Note: This is etching number 12 from the Vollard Suite.

Old age and youth are contrasted by the different drawing styles. The simple etched outline  conveys the innocence of the young man while the experience of the knarld old man is expressed through the build up off densely knit lines. The later echoes the figure of the aged Rembrandt while the young man appears as the observer in the blind Minotaur series (Other works within the Suite Vollard).

The publication of the hundred etchings created by Picasso between 1930 and 1937 was one of Ambroise Vollard's most impressive undertakings. Vollard was one of the greatest art dealers and publishers of his time and his championship of some of the most celebrated artists of the day deserves the thanks of later generations. His artists, to name but a few, included Cezanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Rouault and Picasso. Picasso met Vollard in Paris in 1901 and worked with him over an extended period. When the Vollard Suite etchings were first made they were in fact rarely signed (with the exception of some rare proofs made on vellum in editions of 3). Vollard died tragically in a car accident in 1939 and eventually, after the Second World War, most of the Vollard Suite passed into the hands of the famous Dealer Petiet. Petiet knew that Picasso , would never sign anything until he was paid for it and the artist required a substantial fee for putting his signature on the Vollard Suite etchings. Accordingly Petiet gave his buyers the option of buying them either unsigned or, for 10% more on the cost, signed. This meant that Picasso signatures from 1939 until the artists death appear on Vollard Suite etchings. Obviously there is a difference in the artists signature as he aged.

The cancelled plate is in there Picasso Museum, Paris

Size: 44.5 x 34 (paper size) ;  297 x 237 mms (plate size) 

Public Collections:

British Museum, London. The Museum recently acquired a complete series of the Vollard Suite which includes this work. They were all on public display in 2012 in the Department of prints and drawings

Fundacio Palau, Caldes D’Estrac (Inv 0000777)


Baron Petiet, Paris (His stock number 376 below left)

Bonhams Auction 30th September 2006, sale No.15673, lot number 118