Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline en Mariée (Jacqueline, Married)
Pablo Picasso, Etching Aquatint, Jacqueline en Mariée (Jacqueline, Married)
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Jacqueline en Mariée (Jacqueline, Married)|
Original Picasso Etching & Aquatint on vélin paper
|Image Size:||15 1/2 in x 11 1/4 in (39.37 cm x 28.58 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||18 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (46.36 cm x 36.2 cm)|
|Framed Size:||38 1/4 in x 34 1/4 in (97.16 cm x 87 cm)|
|Signed:||This edition was unsigned.|
|Edition:||One of only 5 examples of this print|
|Condition:||This piece is in very good condition; an excellent, brilliant impression of this scarce print. Minor conservation at extreme sheet edges|
An extremely rare print, this image of Jacqueline Roque, Picasso's second wife, clearly displays Picasso's mastery of portraiture. Through his use of line and shadow, Picasso creates a rich, velvety impression that delicately conveys Jacqueline's features and expression - one of absolute happiness. This piece is heralded as one of Picasso's tour-de-force prints due to this meticulous attention to detail that he exhibited while portraying his wife.
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This stunning, rare work depicting Jacqueline Roque, Picasso's second wife, is surely one of the artist's more beautiful and flattering portraits of his many subjects. She appears to radiate an inherent glow and happiness that resonates to those who view her, bearing an expression of utter peace and tranquility.
Created in Cannes, March 4, 1961, this piece is dated in the plate '24.3.61' in the lower right. Printed by Frélaut, this etching & aquatint features a defined plate mark with wide margins on vélin paper 'sans filigrane' featuring deckle edges on the top and bottom.
Picasso has skillfully perfected the art of highlighting and lowlighting through the medium of etching, manipulating shadow and integrating light with the delicate features of portrait to help raise her from the surface of the paper. This rich and velvety, atmospheric impression has been so meticulously etched and detailed, it has be heralded as one of Picasso's tour-de-force prints of this period. It is the fanaticism at which he attacked the plate which makes this 1st state impression virtually a unique proof.
A beautiful portrait of Jacqueline Roque depicts her dressed for her wedding day, presumably to Pablo Picasso. She was his second wife that would be the inspiration for the majority of his works throughout his later years. According to writer and curator, Berta Sichel:
His exhaustive exploration into portraiture developed over six decades certainly reflects the spirit, the mood, and the presence of all the women that ever crossed through his life, whether enchantresses, lovers or wives. In varying degrees, they nurtured his creativity and infused his art with innovation and audacity (ArtNet Magazine) .
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1) Baer, Brigitte. Picasso Peintre-Graveur - Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre grave et des monotypes, Tome V 1959 - 1965. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 1089 on pg. 53.
About the Framing:
|Style:||20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist|
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Biography of Pablo Picasso
"Yet Cubism and Modern art weren't either scientific or intellectual; they were visual and came from the eye and mind of one of the greatest geniuses in art history. Pablo Picasso, born in Spain, was a child prodigy who was recognized as such by his art-teacher father, who ably led him along. The small Museo de Picasso in Barcelona is devoted primarily to his early works, which include strikingly realistic renderings of casts of ancient sculpture.
"He was a rebel from the start and, as a teenager, began to frequent the Barcelona cafes where intellectuals gathered. He soon went to Paris, the capital of art, and soaked up the works of Manet, Gustave Courbet, and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose sketchy style impressed him greatly. Then it was back to Spain, a return to France, and again back to Spain - all in the years 1899 to 1904.
"Before he struck upon Cubism, Picasso went through a prodigious number of styles - realism, caricature, the Blue Period, and the Rose Period. The Blue Period dates from 1901 to 1904 and is characterized by a predominantly blue palette and subjects focusing on outcasts, beggars, and prostitutes. This was when he also produced his first sculptures. The most poignant work of the style is in Cleveland's Museum of Art, La Vie (1903), which was created in memory of a great childhood friend, the Spanish poet Casagemas, who had committed suicide. The painting started as a self-portrait, but Picasso's features became those of his lost friend. The composition is stilted, the space compressed, the gestures stiff, and the tones predominantly blue. Another outstanding Blue Period work, of 1903, is in the Metropolitan, The Blind Man's Meal. Yet another example, perhaps the most lyrical and mysterious ever, is in the Toledo Museum of Art, the haunting Woman with a Crow (1903).
"The Rose Period began around 1904 when Picasso's palette brightened, the paintings dominated by pinks and beiges, light blues, and roses. His subjects are saltimbanques (circus people), harlequins, and clowns, all of whom seem to be mute and strangely inactive. One of the premier works of this period is in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery's large and extremely beautiful Family of Saltimbanques dating to 1905, which portrays a group of circus workers who appear alienated and incapable of communicating with each other, set in a one-dimensional space.
"In 1905, Picasso went briefly to Holland, and on his return to Paris, his works took on a classical aura with large male and fernale figures seen frontally or in distinct profile, almost like early Greek art. One of the best of these of 1906 is in the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, La Toilette. Several pieces in this new style were purchased by Gertrude (the art patron and writer) and her brother, Leo Stein.
Picasso enjoyed creating his art on many media. From paintings to etchings to ceramics, all of his works are a testament to his skills. There are even Picasso prints that are worth more than unique original works.