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A Picasso lithograph series

 

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“Femme au chat assise dans un fauteuil ” 51″ x 31 3/4″ Oil on canvas, dated May 4-15 1964 Painted in Mougins. Sold at Christies Sale 2311, 2010 for 18m. in NY.

The motif stretches over decades, seen as early as in the 1913 oil on canvas modelling Eva and recurs in his later works, as seen in the oil canvas from 1964 above, with Jacqueline as the model.

The “Femme au Fauteuil” print series is considered Picasso’s graphic masterpiece in lithography. In November 1948, Picasso purchased an elaborate embroidered leather and sheep’s wool coat while in Poland attending the communists-sponsored Peace Conference. Upon his return from Poland, Picasso felt compelled to create. The combination of the newly acquired coat, and an extraordinatey antique armchair which occupied Picasso’s studio, became the inspiration for the Femme au Fauteuil. Francoise Gilot, Picasso’s lover and muse from 1943-1953 at the time, was the model for this exemplary series.

 

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The painter’s affair with Gilot coincided with a return to lithography at the end of 1945, after a 15 year break from the medium. Creatively inspired by his new romantic interest Picasso threw himself into an intensive period of experimentation, radically adapting traditional lithographic methods and inventing new ones. The artist quickly mastered the medium and in 1948-49 produced his great series.  Picasso had intended to make a large lithographic portrait in five colours but was dissatisfied with the results of the colour printing. Abandoning his original idea he worked on the five zinc plates as distinct images, developing his subject through successive states and numerous proofs. Dramatically different in effect, each expresses something of what the photographer Brassaï, a close friend of Picasso’s, described as Françoise’s ‘freshness and restless vitality’.

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Femme au fauteuil 1948 (credit:1st dibs)

Proof impression of the second state of six of this subject, one of only six impressions reserved for the artist and the publisher (there was no formal edition published).  Published and printed by Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

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Femme au Fauteuil No. 1 (B. 587; M. 134) lithograph, 1948, on Arches, Mourlot’s fifth state (of ten), Mourlot calls for five proofs, there was no edition in this state, inscribed ‘134’, ‘M 134 5e état 6/6 FM’ in pencil on the reverse, Sotheby’s Sale 2593 —Prints and Multiples 2012 Oct, New York, Rockefeller Plaza. Realized USD 60,000 L. 27½ x 21½ in. (698 x 545 mm.) S. 30¼ x 22¼ in. (767 x 565 mm.)

Lithograph 1948 (Jan 13); printed on Arches wove
Initialed by Fernand Mourlot, annotated with his reference 134 / 2° etat du report and Numbered 6/6 on verso, in pencil
One of six proofs reserved for the artist and the printer of the second state of transfer; there was no edition of this image
Printed by Mourlot, 1948  (Mourlot 134; Hatje Cantz 412, Bloch 586)
Image: 27 3/8 x 21 3/8 inches;
Sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/4 inchesSee Sotheby’s NY Lot 192 on Apr 26 ’12 (sold for 28,500 usd; est 30-50,000)

Femme au Fauteuil No. 1

One of six proofs reserved for the artist and printer
Printed by Mourlot, 1948  (Mourlot 134; Not in Bloch)

Sold Sep 16 2010
Plate:
Paper:  76 x 56 cm

Femme au Fauteuil No. 1 (from the red) 1948

Printed on Arches, Mourlot’s sixth state (of ten), Mourlot calls for five proofs, there was no edition in this state, inscribed ‘134’, ‘M 134 5e etat’, and ‘5e état 6/6 FM’ in pencil on the reverse

(B. 586; M. 134)
L. 27 3/8 x 21½ in. (695 x 546 mm.)
S. 30 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. (765 x 562 mm.)

Sold at Christie’s New York Sale 1292 Lot 159 in 2003 for usd 15,535 (20,000-30,000)

La Femme au Fauteuil No. 3 (d’après le jaune) 1 e état; M.136

Lithograph 1948 (Dec 10) printed on Arches wove
Lithograph using brush, crayon and scraper on zinc based on the yellow plate from Mourlot 133
Initialed by Fernand Mourlot, inscribed d’après le jaune, 1e état (from the yellow, 1st state) and numbered 6/6 in pencil verso
One of six proofs reserved for the artist and the printer; there was no edition of this image
Printed by Mourlot, 1948  (Mourlot 136)
Image: 64.6 x 49.8 cm
Sheet: 66.5 x 50 cm

La Femme au Fauteuil No. 4 (d’après le violet)

Lithograph 1948 (Dec 10) printed on Arches wove
Lithograph using brush, crayon and scraper on zinc based on the yellow plate from Mourlot 133
Initialed, inscribed 1e état (1st State) and numbered 6/6 in pencil verso by Fernand Mourlot
One of six proofs reserved for the artist and the printer; there was no edition of this image
Printed by Mourlot, 1948  (Mourlot 137, Bloch 588)
Image: 68.9 x 54.3 cm
Sheet: 76.2 x 56 cm

The Woman in the Armchair No. 1 (from the red) 2nd State

Lithograph using sandpaper, needle, pen, crayon and brush on zinc on the red plate of Woman in the Armchair, Mourlot catalogue reference 133, printed on Arches wove
One of six proofs reserved for the artist and printer
Initialled by Fernand Mourlot, inscribed 2e état (2nd state) and numbered 6/6 verso
There was no edition of this state
Printed by Mourlot, 1948  (Mourlot 133 – grey green version illustrated ; Bloch 586)
Plate:  69.8 x 54.5 cm
Paper:  76.2 x 56 cm

La Femme au Fauteuil No. 3 (d’après le jaune) 1 e état

The Woman in the Armchair No. 1 (from the red) 9th State, The Polish Coat

Lithograph 1948 ( Dec 1948);(d’après le rouge) 9th state “Le Manteau Polonais”, printed on Arches wove. One of six proofs reserved for the artist and printer

Lithograph printed in black and blue-grey from the red plate of Woman in the Armchair, Mourlot catalogue reference 133
Initialled by Fernand Mourlot, inscribed avec un gris (with a grey) and numbered 6/6 verso
Aside from the edition of 50, which did not include the background colour
Blue-grey is one of two colour versions, the other being grey-green
Printed by Mourlot, 1948  (Mourlot 134 – grey green version illustrated ; Bloch 587)
Plate:  69.5 x 54.5 cm
Paper:  76.0 x 56.2 cm

No 37/50 in very good condition: the full sheet, deckle edges at left and right, pale light-staining, a few pale foxmarks: sold at Christie’s London Sale 7712 Lot 120 in 2009 for 84,515 usd (est $51,520 – $66,240) incl. premium.

Sold at Christie’s London, Sale 6683 in 2002 for $37,045

Femme au Fauteuil No. 4, 1949

Lithograph 1949; printed on Arches wove
Initialed by Fernand Mourlot, annotated with his reference 134 / 2° etat du report and Number 17/50
Sold at Sotheby’s New York, May 3 2007, Est 60-80k usd.
Printed by Mourlot, 1948  (Mourlot  ; Hatje Cantz  )
Image: 27 3/8 x 21 3/8 inches;
Sheet: 29 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches

Mourlot 137 Bloch 588.

No 49/50 5th state (of seven) in very good condition (with margins, deckle edges at left and right, occasional pinpoint foxing at the extreme left and right sheet edges, minor surface dirt in the margins) was sold at Christie’s London in 2006 March Sale 7248 for 87,748 usd (est $43,575 – $61,005). No. 40/50 ( generally good condition – the full sheet, deckle edges at left and right, pale mount and light- staining, occasional very soft handling creases, a few very pale and unobtrusive foxmarks, a little stray ink in places just outside the platemark) ): sold at Christie’s London Sale 7712 Lot 121 2009 for 89,793 usd incl premium (est 58,880 -88,000 usd);
sold at Christie’s New York Sale 8990 in 1998 for 29,900 usd.

Mourlot 154, Rau 429, Gauss 459

Zinkographie von zwei Platten Februar oder März 1949

76,2 x 57,2 cm Abb. 73,7 x 54,3 cm

Auflage ca. 6 Exemplare

There are only total 6 copies of this lithograph, and in these 6 copys there are two different variations. “This is a combination of M.137 & 153″ … Picasso was so touched of this experiment that he decided to make two paintings after this lithograph (13. und 14. March 1949  Z XV 128 and 129)” per Johanne Schilling of Galerie Boisseriee. Inscribed and signed by Mourlot “bonne variante 6/6” Mourlot 154, Rau 429, Gauss 459. Offered at €75,000 in 2009 (Galerie Boisseree, Cologne)

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Pablo Picasso, Femme assise dans un fauteuil [Portrait de Jacqueline au fauteuil] , 1966, aquatint, etching, grattoir, and drypoint, Plate: 18 3/4 x 12 3/4 in. (47.63 x 32.39 cm), Sheet: 24 3/4 x 17 7/8 in. (62.87 x 45.40 cm), Signed in pencil and numbered from the edition of 50, Ref: Bloch 1394; Geiser/Baer 1416




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