Pablo Picasso, ‘The Surprised Bathing Women | Les Baigneuses Surprises, from: La Suite Vollard’, 1933, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original etching is hand signed by the artist "Picasso" in the lower right margin.
It was printed in by Lacourière in a limited edition of 250 impressions in 1933 and published by A. Vollard, Paris.
A further 50 impressions were printed on larger Montval paper.
This is the 14th plate in the Suite Vollard, Picasso's most important series of etchings, and was realised on the 22nd of May 1933.
The paper bears the Picasso watermark and the "Libraria Prandi" blindstamp on the lower right corner.

Note: The Suite Vollard, created between 1930-37, was named after it publisher, the French art dealer and critic Ambroise Vollard. Picasso and Vollard shared a close working relationship up until 1910; however, after this date Vollard was no longer Picasso’s dealer though the two continued to collaborate on publishing projects. In 1930, Vollard, encouraged by the success of two earlier ventures, ambitiously commissioned 100 plates from Picasso and by 1937 the plates were completed and given to master printer Roger Lacouriere to print. The entire edition comprises 3 copies on parchment, 50 copies on larger format Montval paper (50 x 38 cm) and 250 on smaller format Montval paper 44.5 x 34.0). Tragically, Ambroise Vollard died in a car crash 22 July 1939 leaving the project temporarily suspended, until a greater part of the edition was purchased by the print dealer Henri Petiet. After World War II Petiet engaged Picasso to sign a certain number of sets, and this continued up until 1969 but ceased with the publication of the 347 Series. Hence, a large number of the prints from the edition of 250 remain unsigned.

Provenance:
Libreria Prandi Reggio Emilia
Private Italian collection

Literature: Bloch, G. (1968). Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1904-1967. Bern: Editions Kornfeld and Klipstein.
Reference:
Bloch 194.
Geiser 355

Condition: Very Good Condition.

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 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

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
2016
Picasso-Giacometti, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2016
Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
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