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Pablo Picasso - Drawings & Paintings

picasso piments rouges

Piments rouges dans un panier

1)Piments rouges dans un panier (Red peppers in a basket) s.8458

2) Envelope in coloured crayons addressed to Gilberte Ducloud.

Medium: Coloured crayons on paper,  Dark Green,  Light Green, Yellow, Blue and red, dated 14/9/1957, dedicated “Pour Gilberte Duclaud, son ami” and signed by the artist in blue crayon. The drawing was originally folded into quarters and posted to the recipient which accounts for folds vertically and horizontally across the piece. On the verso of the frame can be seen the envelope in which it was posted addressed to Gilberte Duclaud. The envelope is stamped and dated 16/9/1957. Picasso himself wrote the address in coloured crayons which is a work of art in itself.

Size: 210 x 270 mms


  • The work comes with a certificate of authenticity by Claude Picasso dated 20/4/200
  • There is also a signed certificate from Gilberte Ducloud dated, Paris, 5th June, 1986. This certifies that the drawing was given to her as a present y Picasso to thank her for many exhibitions of his works in her different Galleries in Cannes between 1957 and also in 1967 etc.
  • Note: Gilberte Duclaud, Director of Galerie 65,  was the author of a book entitled “Ces peinters nos amis” which was published in the same year as this drawing was made. The book was published by Galerie 65. On the front cover it had a colour lithograph entitled “Dans l’atelier de Picasso” which had been printed by Mourlot Freezers. The book dealt with a number of different artists such as Buffet, Daboval, Dali, Pons, Mane Katz, Tinges and, of course, Pablo Picasso. Gilbert Ducloud was a considerable literary figure and had been painted in the 1920’s by Theofile Steinlen. The work may have had some sort of recognition of a quarrel. Red peppers obviously are very piquant and the artist, who loved metaphor, may have been making some sort of barbed comment with his gift to Gilberte. If this was the case it was patched up because we know that Picasso went on to make further exhibitions at her Gallery thereafter.

Condition: In good condition. The drawing was originally posted by the artist to the recipient and was folded vertically and horizontally to be placed in the envelope. The fold marks are visible.



Pablo Picasso Petite Fille (decoupage)

Petit Fille (decoupage) 9 

Little Girl

Medium: Découpage, double-sided pencil drawing on brownish light card Framed under glass resp. acrylic glass (double-sided)

Size: cm. 110 x 85 mms

Authentification:  Certified by Claude Picasso, the artists son.


Collection label  : Marie-Therese Walter. Marie-Therese was the long term mistress of the artist whose portraits dominated his works during the 1920’s and 1930”s. After they separated Picasso maintained a good relationship with her and their daughter, Maya

Label Galeria Joan Prats , Barcelona

There was a famous exhibition of Picasso’s works held at this Gallery in 1977 and probably our drawing was exhibited in this show. Photo-document giving details of the exhibition. Verso Label Galerie Jan Krugier Geneva.  This is dated XII/73 and refers to an exhibition in the Gallery, “Une Collection Picasso”, at which our drawing was number 82 .  Krugier was the first Gallerist to stage an exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work following the artist’s death in 1973 and it is certain that our piece came from this show.Krugier's association with the Picasso family began shortly after the artist's funeral in 1973, when Krugier was telephoned by Picasso's long-term mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Through his links to the French government – his brother-in-law was minister of the interior – Krugier was able to assist her with the treatment of Pablito Picasso, the artist's impoverished grandson, who lay dying in hospital after swallowing bleach in what proved to be a successful attempt at suicide. When Marie-Thérèse Walter called again to thank Krugier for his efforts, she said that she trusted him and asked him to take charge of her Picasso collection. In 1976 Pablito's sister Marina, who had inherited a share of her grandfather's estate, also approached Krugier for advice and to act as her exclusive agent in handling what was one of the largest collection of Picassos in the world. Once the French government had taken its pick of Picasso's pictures in lieu of inheritance taxes, Marina Picasso – the artist's eldest surviving legitimate descendant – asked Krugier and his wife, Marie-Anne Poniatowska (a descendant of the last king of Poland), to make a large selection of her grandfather's work on her behalf, and to advise which to keep and which to sell.

Literature: Picasso catalogue by J. Palaui Fabre , Gallery Joan Prats, Barcelona 1977, p. 13. Galerie Jan Krugier Geneve 1973 -  The work is illustrated in this catalogue. The buyer acquires a copy of this volume.

Purchased at Joan Prats Gallery in 1977.

Notes:   The drawing shows a small girl in a skirt, with chubby legs with right arm oustretched, waving. It is cut from a larger piece of paper and folded over so that the back is visible through a double-sided frame. This shows the back of the girl.

Picasso created this as part of a  series of works for his daughter, Maya ,  the daughter of Marie-Therese Walter, when she was between two and five years old (between 1937 and 1940) and is almost certainly a portrait of the small girl. None of these drawings were ever signed. The genre was that of minimalism but it was designed to please his daughter . Picasso gloried in child-like representations many examples of which can be found in his art. There are many representations of the infant “Maya” to be found in Picasso’s art. The image is a familiar one. Maya, now an elderly lady, lives in Paris today. For many years she identified and certified her late fathers works,


Pablo Picasso Signature drawing

Signature - Red & Blue 

Original crayon on paper,  Mouguins, 1965,  in Blue and red, Numbered “VI” in pencil, top right signed (obviously) by the artist.

Size: Height 10.4 in.; Width 8.3 in. / Height 26.5 cm.; Width 21 cm.

Authentification:  Certified by Claude Picasso, the artists son.

Condition: In good condition


1) Charles Field Collection

2) Private Collection

Note: Number 6 of a series of about 20 studies for cover designs for the book “Le peintre et som modele, 1965” and “Notre Dame de Ville, 1966, published by Editions du cercle d’art, Paris. The first of these was written by Helene Parmeline. There is a Picasso signature on the front cover in red crayon with a blue underline. We have a copy of this work which will be sold with our piece. Photos of the book showing the signature on the cover are available.