Pablo Picasso, ‘MINOTAURE CARESSANT UNE DORMEUSE’, 1933, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original drypoint printed in black ink on Montval laid paper bearing the “Vollard” watermark

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Picasso, dated in the plate (in reverse) lower left “Boisgeloup 18 juin XXXIII”.

A superb impression of Geiser/Baer’s second and final state, printed after the steel-facing of the plate, from the edition of 260 printed on Montval paper bearing either the “Picasso” or “Vollard” watermark (there were 50 additional impressions printed on Montval laid paper bearing the “Montgolfier” watermark, and three impression printed on parchment, for an overall edition of 313). Plate 93 (of 100) from the Suite Vollard. Published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939; printed by Roger Lacouriere, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 201; Geiser/Baer 369.II.d.

Sheet Size: 13 7/16 x 17 ½ inches

In superb condition, printed on a sheet with full margins and deckled edges.

Literature regarding this artwork: Brigitte Baer, Picasso the Printmaker: Graphics from the Marina Picasso Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 1983, no. 44, p. 84 (ill.); Brigitte Baer, Picasso The Engraver: Selections from the Musée Picasso, Paris, Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 1997, cat. 56, p. 61 (ill.); Betsy G. Fryberger, Picasso Graphic Magician: Prints from the Norton Simon Museum, Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, London, 1998, fig. 7, p. 67 (ill.); Emmanuel Benador, Picasso Printmaker: A Perpetual Metamorphosis, The City University of New York, New York, 2008, no. 20, p. 57 (ill.).

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