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Dessin - Carnet Dinard, Page 1 (Baigneuse. Projet pour un monument)
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A highly stylised depiction of a bather or a figure on the beach, this supremely elegant and vibrantly executed ink drawing exemplifies the unparalleled inventiveness of Picasso’s art. It comes from a sketchbook of 59 pages which are amongst the most potent examples of Picasso's Surrealism. In the Carnet Dinard the artist metamorphosed natural and organic elements to create abstract compositions redolent with sensual connotations. This highly important document was inscribed on the cover and on two further pages, which establish that Picasso started using the sketchbook in Dinard and completed it in Paris. The present drawing is dated 27th July 1928, which indicates that it was the first of the many remarkable works he carried out over the summer whilst living at the Villa della Roches with his wife Olga. Picasso also brought his young lover and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter (fig. 3), with him on holiday, and set her up in a pension de jeune filles not far from Dinard, where his wife and lover would be unlikely to accidentally meet. Discussing the sketchbooks Picasso produced at Dinard, John Richardson wrote: ‘For the first ten days or so in Dinard, Picasso lay low and seemingly did no work. And then on 27th July, he resumed drawing where he had left off in Paris. [Werner] Spies believes that he had torn the last page, dated 8th July, out of the Carnet Paris which he had been using and taken it to Dinard as a starting point for the dramatically contorted bathers he now began to paint. Unlike the femmes-phallus in the Cannes drawings which appear to be made of ‘erectile tissue’, the matière  of the Dinard ones is less highly charged: driftwood, pebbles, and bones that have been smoothed by the sea. “Pebbles are so beautiful”, Picasso told Brassaï’ (J. Richardson, A Life of Picasso. The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932, New York, 2007, p. 357).\n\nIn the 1994 Tate exhibition catalogue entry for the present work, Elizabeth Cowling and John Golding stated: ‘The great importance of this remarkable notebook is two-fold. In the first place, there are many drawings directly related to the series of small-scale paintings of schematised bathers playing on the beach which Picasso actually executed in Dinard [fig. 1], or to metal sculptures [fig. 2; …], which he made in  Paris on his return, or in 1929-30 with the help of Julio González. […] In the second place, there are many pages of highly wrought, volumetric drawings of stacked and balanced bone- and stone-like forms, which are like projects for monumental multi-part sculptures – sculptures which Picasso never made, but which reflect his current obsession with inventing new forms and techniques for sculpture’ (E. Cowling & J. Golding, Picasso: Sculptor/Painter (exhibition catalogue), op. cit., p. 265).\nDated 27 juillet 1928 (lower left)
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medium

Pen and ink on paper

creator

Pablo Picasso

condition

Executed on a sheet removed from a sketchbook, but retaining the perforated edge and hinged to the mount at the top two corners. There are some old hinges still affixed to the reverse of the sheet. Apart from one small nick on the lower edge towards the right side and a little surface dirt consistent with handling, this work is in very good condition. Colours: Overall fairly accurate in the printed catalogue illustration, although the paper has a very slightly more cream tonality in the original. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

dimensions

37.5 by 30cm.

exhibition

Venice, Centro di Cultura di Palazzo Grassi, Picasso, Opere dal 1895 al 1971 dalla Collezione Marina Picasso, 1981, no. 188-198/1, illustrated in the catalogue Munich, Haus der Kunst; Cologne, Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle; Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut & Zurich, Kunsthaus, Pablo Picasso, Sammlung Marina Picasso, 1981-82, no. 149/1, illustrated in the catalogue Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art & Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Picasso, Masterpieces from Marina Picasso Collection and Museums in U.S.A. and U.S.S.R., 1983, no. 117/1, illustrated in the catalogue Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria & Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Picasso, 1984, no. 172/2, illustrated in the catalogue Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Picassos Surrealismus, Werke 1925-1937, 1991, no. 16.1, illustrated in the catalogue New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,  Picasso and the Age of Iron, 1993, illustrated in the catalogue London, Tate Gallery, Picasso: Sculptor / Painter, 1994, no. 64.1, illustrated in the catalogue Duisburg, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum & Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Pablo Picasso - Wege zur Skulptur, Die Carnets Paris und Dinard aus der Sammlung Marina Picasso, 1995, illustrated in the catalogue Dinard, Palais des Arts, Picasso à Dinard, 1999, no. 43, illustrated in the catalogue Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, González/Picasso, dialogue. Collections du Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne et du Musée Picasso, 1999, illustrated in colour in the catalogue Vienna, Albertina, Goya bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2005, no. 148, illustrated in colour in the catalogue Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee, Klee rencontre Picasso, 2010, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

literature

Christian Zervos, 'Projets de Picasso pour un monument', in Les Cahiers d'Art, Paris, 1929, nos. 8-9, pp. 342-353 (listed under Carnet 1044) Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, œuvres de 1926 à 1932, Paris, 1955, vol. 7, no. 200, illustrated pl. 76 Je suis le Cahier. The Sketchbooks of Picasso (exhibition catalogue), Pace Gallery, New York, 1986, no. 96, illustrated p. 327 (listed under Carnet 1044) Carsten-Peter Warncke & Ingo F. Walther, Pablo Picasso, Cologne, 1991, illustrated p. 326 (titled Badende mit Strandball) Picasso & Modern British Art (exhibition catalogue), Tate Britain, London, 2012, illustrated p. 131

provenance

Estate of the artist (inv. 9214) Marina Picasso (the artist's granddaughter; by descent from the above) Acquired from the above by the late owner

signedDate

Dated 27 juillet 1928 (lower left)

time_period

Executed on 27th July 1928.

consignmentDesignation

From Goya to Picasso: Works from the Private Collection of Jan Krugier

creator_nationality_dates

1881 - 1973


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