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Modern Masters Spotlight - Picasso

 

Among his most iconic and sought after works Picasso’s portraits are to be the focus of a major exhibition opening in October at the National Portrait Gallery in London which will also include the great artist’s masterpieces of print making. Coinciding with this much awaited exhibition, Clarendon Fine Art is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of a number of exceptional Picasso prints including a beautiful impression of the stunning, Young Girl Inspired by Cranach, a 1949 portrait of Picasso’s lover Françoise Gilot.

With relatively few exceptions, Picasso’s lithographs are all celebrations of Françoise, a beautiful young art student who Picasso had first met in a restaurant in 1943 and with whom he had two children during their relationship between 1944 and 1953. At the time Picasso executed the present work Françoise was pregnant with their second child Paloma. Picasso was fascinated by Françoise’s slender neck, aquiline nose and circumflex eyebrows. In this work Picasso presents her in the guise of Sibylle of Cleves from Lucas Cranach the Elder’s painting, Sibylle of Cleves at the time of her betrothal to Electoral Prince John Frederick painted in 1526. Picasso believed that by painting his own versions of the great old masters he would absorb some of their creative powers. We are thrilled to offer this work for sale, impressions of which are held in numerous important museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum.

Picasso was of course one of the most experimental and influential artists of all time, and the market for his prints has always been strong. Picasso’s print market has grown considerably in recent years in the wake of two major exhibitions in New York in 2010 re-examining Picasso's prints; one at the Museum of Modern Art and the other at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For UK print collectors and specifically collectors of Modern British Art, the 2012 exhibition, "Picasso and Modern British Art" at the Tate Gallery reconfirmed the relationship between Picasso and circles of British artists which included Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson, both print makers themselves. The Tate exhibition coincided with the British Museum embarking on a major acquisition program focusing on Picasso's etchings and linocuts. As a result of the rigorous academic attention to Picasso's printmaking and the still accessible prices for important prints relative to works on paper and paintings, earlier this year we saw multiple masterpieces of printmaking by Picasso selling on the open market for over one million US dollars. Please contact your nearest Clarendon Fine Art gallery to arrange a viewing.

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