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About the exhibition
Pablo Picasso – the embodiment of a brilliantly creative genius with an exuberantly endless imagination, still omnipresent today after more than 100 years. The artist's prints alone fill several volumes of his catalogue raisonné. Throughout Picasso's life, printmaking remained his preferred mode of creative expression with which to merge immediacy of expression, technical experimentation, and the simultaneity of the non-simultaneous. Etchings, linocuts and lithographs from every creative period testify to the radical transformation some works underwent from version to version, as well as to the variety of approaches that he took when returning to his favored leitmotifs. Within Picasso's oeuvre of prints, one finds his most poetic and most brutal, as well as his most vain and most passionate, pictorial visualizations.
The exhibition Pablo Picasso at DIE GALERIE combines around 60 graphic prints of utmost quality with select, expressive hand drawings gleaned from 65 years of matchless creativity. The exhibit is also intended as a helpful guide to today's irritatingly unmanageable market for Picasso prints, a market which now more than ever requires professional expertise, extensive experience, and contacts with the best experts to ensure quality and authenticity.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Peter Femfert, DIE GALERIE and Elena Schroll, Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main
Torse de Femme, also known as L´Égyptienne, is among the most iconic of Picasso’s prints. The bold black-and-white composition is a stunning example of this phase of his career, characterized by an abstracted geometric approach to the figure; it is also a remarkable feat of technical brilliance. The sitter is shown in both frontal and profile positions simultaneously, lending a sense of conflict and drama to the portrait. While the subject is known to be Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s lover from 1943 to 1953, the work transcends its subject in its sheer graphic impact and compositional dynamism.
With few exceptions, Picasso did not title his prints. L'Égyptienne was coined by Lacourière’s workshop in reference to the sitter’s hairstyle, which is reminiscent of Egyptian sarcophagi. Picasso was interested in Egyptian sculpture during its creation which, in addition to the aquatints lack of perspective and overt two-dimensionality most likely factored into the nickname as well.
In addition to its power as an image, L’Egyptienne is also remarkable from a technical standpoint. The print was created entirely with sugar-lift aquatint, a technique that is among the most difficult to master in printmaking. The process is quite delicate and is easily thwarted at any stage—perfection is achieved only through experience and utter sensitivity to the materials.
The present graphic is from the edition of fifty, inscribed by the hand of Marie Cuttoli on the reverse. Cuttoli was an important figure in the inner circles of the Parisian art scene. It´s one of a very few artist’s proofs of the second (final) state.