Original Etching (Reclining sculptor and model with the mask)
Created in 1933, March 27
Hand signed in pencil lower right
Image size: 10.5" x 7.75"
Paper size: 17.5" x 13.4"
The paper bears the "Picasso" watermark
From the edition of 260
The artwork is part of the "Vollard Suite"
Reference: Bloch, 'Pablo Picasso, catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié' No. 159
Interestingly, in our current collection there is another etching - 'Le Repos du Sculpteur devant un nu à la draperie' - Picasso created on the very same day as this one. The two images illustrate how the artist explored the same subject matter over a few days.
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Pablo Picasso’s most celebrated series of etchings, The Vollard Suite, comprises 100 etchings created by Picasso between 1930 and 1937, at a critical juncture in Picasso’s career. The etchings were made when Picasso was involved in a passionate affair with his muse and model, Marie-Thérèse Walter, whose classical features are a recurrent presence in the series. The predominant theme of the suite is the Sculptor’s Studio, which deals with Picasso’s engagement with classical sculpture. At this point he was making sculptures at his new home and studio, the Château de Boisgeloup outside Paris. The Vollard Suite takes its name from Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939), the greatest avant-garde Paris art dealer and publisher of his day, who gave Picasso his first Paris exhibition in 1901. In exchange for some pictures, Picasso created for Vollard a group of 100 etchings between 1930 and 1937. Vollard also gave the first solo shows for artists like Cezanne and Matisse in his Parisian gallery he created in 1893, where he also exhibited art by Degas, Rodin, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, among others.
Only a few museums possess complete sets. A rare complete set was acquired by the British Museum in 2011 after a donation of £1 million from financier Hamish Parker, a director of Mondrian Investment Partners. It had been the British Museum's ambition to own the set and the acquisition was described by the museum's director, Neil MacGregor, as "one of the institution's most important acquisitions of the past 50 years".
The British Museum - the only complete Vollard Suite in public museum in the UK
Moma - Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Canada
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Colby College Museum of Art
Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid