Pablo Picasso, ‘ The Circus: Horsewoman, Clown and Pierrot, from: Suite 347’, 1968, Gilden's Art Gallery

This etching is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Picasso" at the lower right margin, as well as hand numbered in pencil, from the edition of 50 at the lower left margin.
It is dated in the plate 19.4.68.
It was printed in 1968 by the Crommelynck Brothers in France and published by Gallerie Louise Leiris, Paris in an edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions.
The paper bears the "Rives" watermark.

The “347 Series” was, in printmaking, the undertaking which defined late Picasso. This prodigious outpouring of work, dating from March 16th–October 5th, 1968, deals with all of his old themes and fantasies, adding an obsession newly central in the late 60s, the artist as voyeur. It is in this role, rather than that of a protagonist, that the artist figures in these fantastic narrations.
In order to be able to work with full freedom and concentration, Picasso had his printers, the brothers Crommelynck, bring the etching plates and hand press to his farmhouse near Cannes.

Provenence: The Collection of Tamar and Theodor (Teddy) Kollek, Former Mayor of Jerusalem.
Theodor (Teddy) Kollek was born in 1911 in a small town near Budapest, Hungary, where his family led a comfortable life.
He led a colourful career in the pre state years aiming to help establish the infrastructure for Israel, and became the second in command in the Israeli embassy in Washington.
Upon Mr. Kollek's return to Israel he became an aid to David Ben Gurion, first prime minister of Israel. Among various project he was instrumental in setting up tourism to Israel, the radio broadcasting agency, and established almost single-handedly the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
From 1965-1996, he was president of the museum, and officially designated as its founder in 2000.
With Ben Gurion's retirement in 1965, after a brief stint in commerce, Mr. Kollek was persuaded to run for the position of Mayor of Jerusalem, when he was first elected in December 1965. He was to remain its mayor for 28 years. In the post Six Day War period, Mr. Kollek made heroic efforts to rebuild the city.
Further than devotion to the Israel Museum, he was a patron of culture and set up theatres, museums, community centres, libraries, public sculpture and parks.
Another project was city gardening. Perhaps the greatest contribution Mr. Kollek made to Jerusalem was the spirit of tolerance.
His career as mayor of Jerusalem ended in 1993. Teddy Kollek passed away in 2007.


  1. Bloch, Georges, 1968, Pablo Picasso: Tome II, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1966-69, Berne Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein.
    Reference: Bloch 1522
  2. Baer, B. (1994). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome VI, Catalogue Raisonne de l'OEuvre Grave. Bern: Editions Kornfeld.
    Reference: Baer 1538

Condition: Very good condition. The numbering slightly rubbed at the lower left.

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