Lot 1

Pablo Picasso, _Tête de Femme N° 5 – Portrait de Dora Maar, 1939_

Estimate 40‘000 - 60‘000

Estimate CHF 40‘000 - 60‘000

Aquatint, scraper and dry-point etching in 4 colors
45 x 33.5 cm
Unsigned Edition of 105

Baer 0653
Bloch 1337 

Provenance: Donated by Almine Rech and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso

This item will be sold during the Live Auction at the Fondation Beyeler on Saturday 17 September 2016 at 21:00 CEST.

Online bidding for this item will close on Saturday 17 September 2016 at 14:00 CEST.

Please email info@de-pury.com or call +447881312880 to register to bid via the phone or to leave a written bid. Thank you.\n\nPablo Picasso rendered the face of artist Dora Maar in a variety of media. In addition to portraits, he also created a series of works in which, as Mater Dolorosa, her features lend expression to the pain of the Second World War. The portrait of Dora Maar appears in eight of the over thirty works by Picasso in the collection of the Fondation Beyeler.

This aquatint and dry-point etching thereby presents a particularly attractive likeness of Picasso’s then lover and is an especially fine example of his “profile en face” portraiture. The colors of yellow, red, blue and black are laid down in clear hues one on top of the other in four successive steps. The resulting portrait shows the details of the face in the manner of representation that is typical of this phase of Picasso’s oeuvre, and which is able to formulate flat plane and three-dimensional volume side by side. The individual colors and print stages are deployed to great effect in the area of Dora Maar’s patterned top and merge into a fluid whole.

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