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Sale: 479 / Classics of the 20th Century I, Dec. 08. 2018 in Munich Lot 812

 
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Tête de femme No 4. Portrait de Dora Maar. 1939.
Etching and aquatint.
Baer 652 D (of E). Numbered. One of 80 numbered copies. On wove paper by Montval with the watermark Vollard. 29.6 x 23.5 cm (11.6 x 9.2 in). Sheet: 45 x 34 cm ( 17,7 x 13,3 in).
Baer mentions in the catalog raisonné that the prints were presumably executed in mid 1939 or in 1942.
Copies of this work have only been offered four times on the international art market over the past twenty years (source: www.artprice.com).

PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany.

"You know, a love affair with an artist like my grandfather is something entirely different than any ordinary love affair. An artist needs you as a source of inspiration."
Olivier Picasso about his grandfather, from: https://www.welt.de/kultur/article9535540/Eine-Affaere-mit-Picasso-war-etwas-anderes.htl

Essay
This portrait shows Picasso‘s muse and lover Dora Maar (1907-1997). Picasso became acquainted with the artist in through Paul Éluard in Paris in 1936. He was fascinated by the mysterious aura and the intelligence of the dark-haired beauty – she is fluent in French, Spanish and English, and is part of the Parisian circle of surrealists as a successful photographer. She was in contact with political intellectuals like Louis Aragon and André Breton. In the course of their eight year long relationship he made many portraits of her in form of drawings, graphic works and painting which would become the most significant artworks in the history of the 20th century.[EH]
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Pablo Picasso
Tête de femme No 4. Portrait de Dora Maar, 1939.
Etching and aquatint
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 45,600
Sold:
€ 50,000 / $ 56.999

(incl. 25% surcharge)
 


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