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Design  |  Pablo Picasso
Designed  |  1934 
Production  |  1956 
Manufacturer  |  Editorial G. Gili
Orgin  |  Spain 
Style  |  Modernism
Material  |  paper, silverplated frame
Size  |  21 x 28 cm
Weight  |  850 Gramm
Lot ID  |  67
Editorial G. Gili | Femme Torero II |
Pablo Picasso  |  Editorial G. Gili,  1934 

Pablo Picasso, Marie-Thérèse as "Femme Torero II", June 20, 1934, reprinted in Barcelona in 1956 by Edition Gustavo Gili and issued in a limited edition of 540 pieces worldwide. Reproduction after the etching from "La Suite Vollard" (plate 22) that was originally published by A. Vollard, Paris, 1939. These reproductions were not numbered or signed as issued. Conservatively framed in a 24ct silvered substantial wood studio framework. The frame is part of the auction. Unsigned, not numbered, no expertise.

The original etchings were $ 10,000 initially and have increased exponentially since then. The last original Vollard edition of "Femme Torero II" was sold at Christies for $ 29,531 in 2006 (Lot 292, 20 - 21 September 2006, London). The unsigned reproductions by Edition G. Gili from 1956 are not nearly so expensive but also a good investment of original Picasso work. You find the original 1939 Vollard Edition in the MoMA collection in New York, the National Gallery of Australia and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Limited Edition: edition of 540 pieces worldwide, unsigned
Editor: Editorial Gustavo Gili, S.A., Barcelona, 1956
Frame: 29 x 35 cm, 24ct silvered substantial wood studio framework
Print: 21 x 28 cm (ca.), Passepartout 24 x 30 cm
Reference: Georges Bloch 220, Picasso 1904-1967, Kornfeld 1968 | Geiser / Baer 426; S.V. 22

Ambroise Vollard was one of the greatest art dealers and publishers of the 20th century.  Vollard’s early support of legendary masters of modern art such as Cezanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Rouault, and of course, Pablo Picasso demonstrates his astute artistic instincts.  Picasso met Vollard in 1901, the same year that he arranged an exhibition of works by the twenty-year-old artist, and in 1902, Vollard showed Picasso’s first “Blue Period” works.  Picasso respected Vollard and knew that he had access to many of the wealthy patrons he needed to advance his career.  In 1934, when Picasso asked to buy a Renoir and a Cezanne painting from Vollard’s private collection, the dealer instead offered to swap the paintings for a group of one hundred plates – the future Suite Vollard. 

The set included 97 plates along with three portraits of Vollard.  The term “suite” is something of a misnomer.  La Suite Vollard is more of a compilation assembled by Picasso from seven years’ work that he considered important and which he also thought would appeal to Vollard. The majority of the plates are line etchings (occasionally with dry point), a technique in which Picasso was especially  expert.

When Ambrose Vollard died unexpectedly in a car accident before the completion of the suite; the edition was purchased by the print dealer Henri Petiet who then contracted with Picasso to sign a certain number of the sets. This was not completed and thus there are a number of the prints from the small format edition of 250 that remain unsigned.

There are probably few complete collections of the entire suite of 100 etchings. You will sometimes find a gallery show that has a portion of the suite from all three editions. You may be interested to know that The National Gallery of Australia is fortunate to have the entire suite in their gallery. It is unknown where all of the 303 (total copies from each format) of each etching are located. They are spread from museums to private collections and are considered to be some of the most highly desirable of all Picasso prints.

Pablo Picasso  |

Pablo Ruiz Picasso known as Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was a Spanish-born painter, draughtsman, and sculptor who lived most of his adult life in France. He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937), his portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune throughout his life, making him one of the best-known figures in twentieth century art. Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

More about Pablo Picasso.

Editorial G. Gili  |

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