Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: October 11th

Picasso and Los Angeles?

My pick for today is a selection of Picasso graphics, which all have a unique connection to Los Angeles.

Lot 340:  “Model Kneeling by a Window Viewing a Sculpture of Nude Figures and a Rearing Horse”, Lot 341: “Two Catalan Men”, and Lot 339 “Fleurs (for UCLA)”.

I have known about these prints for years, and the current owner has shown them to me on several occasions and I am now proud to be offering these important works as a highlight of our 50th auction.  What I like best about these examples is they were carefully stored in a flat file for their entire lives, which means the condition is superb, having never seen sunlight.

These two Picasso etchings were exhibited at LACMA in 1966 and illustrated in the landmark catalog of the exhibition; one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Picasso’s graphic works to date.

In addition we are pleased to offer a lithograph by Picasso “Fleurs (for UCLA)”, which was created for another landmark show of the master’s work.  This is a rare lithograph created especially for Los Angeles’s own Frances & Sidney Brody, who coordinated the exhibition and enlisted Picasso’s cooperation.  Interestingly, the Brody’s own Picasso “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”sold earlier this year for $106.5 million.

Lot Information:

339
Pablo Picasso
Fleurs (for UCLA)
1961
Color lithograph on Arches Published by the Art Council of UCLA Art Galleries Signed and numbered
#28 of 100
23” x 18”
Mourlot 351
October 17, 2010
$8,000-12,000

340
Pablo Picasso
Marie-Therese Agenouillee contemplant un groupe sculpte
(pl. 66 from Suite Volla rd)
1933
Etching
Signed in pencil lower right
From the edition of 300
Image 11.75” x 14.5”
Bloch 175
October 17, 2010 Auction
$8,000-9,000

341
Pablo Picasso Deux Buveurs Catalans (Two Drinkers)
1934
Etching
Signed lower right; titled lower left
From the edition of 300
Image 9.25” x 11.75”
Bloch 228
October 17, 2010 Auction
$7,000-9,000

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