Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme nue assise devant un rideau (Nude Woman Sitting in Front of a Curtain), plate 4 from La suite Vollard’, 1931, Phillips

Property from a Private Midwestern Collection

Image: 12 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (31.1 x 22.2 cm)
Sheet: 19 3/4 x 15 in. (50.2 x 38.1 cm)

Signature: Signed in pencil, from the deluxe edition of 50 with wide margins (there was also an edition of 260)

Publisher: Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1940

Brigitte Baer 202 Bc
Georges Bloch 137

Henri Petiet, Paris
Marc Rosen Fine Art, New York, 2003

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