Pablo Picasso, ‘ Acrobats | Les Saltimbanques’, 1905-1922, Gilden's Art Gallery

The work is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Picasso" at the lower left margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil, from the edition of/200 at the lower left margin next to the signature.
It is also signed and dated "Picasso 1905" in the plate on the lower right edge and inscribed in the plate "Gravé par Jacques Villon, 1922" in the lower left edge.
This work was printed in 1922 in a limited edition of 200 signed and numbered impressions. It was published by Bernheim-Jeune, Éditeurs, Paris.

After the First World War, Jacques Villon engraved a series of aquatints after paintings by the Modern Masters, such as Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Derain, Laurencin, Signac, Renoir, Cezanne, Vlaminck, Bonnard, Manet, Dufy, Modigiliani, Van Gogh, and others. This print was part of this series.

Note: From late 1904 to the beginning of 1906, Picasso's work centred on a single theme: the saltimbanque, or itinerant circus performer. The theme of the circus and the circus performer had a long tradition in art and in literature, and had become especially prominent in French art of the late nineteenth century. A more immediate inspiration for Picasso came from performances of the Cirque Médrano, a circus that the artist attended frequently near his residence and studio in Montmartre.

Literature: De Ginestet, C. & Pouillon, C. (1979). Jacques Villon; Les estampes et les Illustrations Catalogue Raisonné. Paris: Arts et Métiers Graphiques.
Reference: de Ginestat & Pouillon 634

Condition: Very good condition. A minor tear in the upper corner. Pale staining in the margins. Minor nicks to the sheet edges.

Publisher: Bernheim-Jeune, Éditeurs, Paris

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
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Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
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Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
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Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Pablo Picasso | Print as an original art form, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
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Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2016
Picasso and His Printers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016
Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Pablo Picasso, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2015
Picasso Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
The Collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
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Picasso-Giacometti, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
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Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
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