Pablo Picasso, ‘Trois Comédiens Avec Buste de Marie-Thérese’, 1933, Galerie d'Orsay

Translated title: Three Actors with the Bust of Marie-Thérese. Image size: 11 x 7 1/8 inches; Sheet size: 17 1/2 x 13 5/16 inches. In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with wide margins. Bloch 145; Geiser 296 II.B.d. A superb impression of Geiser's second and final state, showing touches of rich burr on the beard and the hat of the man on the left, printed after the steelfacing of the plate, from the edition of 260 on this paper (apart from the edition of 50 printed on Montval laid bearing the “Montgolfier” watermark, three trial proofs also on Montval laid, and three impression printed on parchment, for an overall edition of 316). Plate 77 of 100 from the Suite Vollard. Published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939; printed by Roger Lacourière, Paris.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Picasso.

Publisher: Published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1939

Hans Bollinger, Picasso's Vollard Suite, Thames and Hudson, London, 1956, no. 77 (ill.); Picasso: Vollard Suite, The Instituto de Credito Oficial, Madrid, 1993, no. 12 (ill.). Emmanuel Benador, Picasso Printmaker: A Perpetual Metamorphosis, QCC Art Gallery, The City University of New York, Bayside, New York, 2008, p. 202

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