Pablo Picasso, L’étreinte (The Embrace), 1966

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:L’étreinte (The Embrace), 1966
Medium:Color Collotype with Pochoir
Image:21 5/8 in x 20 1/4 in (54.9 cm x 51.4 cm)
Sheet:24 1/4 in x 23 3/16 in (61.6 cm x 58.9 cm)
Framed:approx. 40 in x 39 in (101.6 cm x 99.1 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 125 in the lower left margin, with Guy Spitzer publisher’s stamp in the lower left of the image.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and signed in the plate in blue in the lower left of the image.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7520

Historical Description

Full of painterly applications of color, an embracing couple stands just off center, drawing our eye to their intimate exchange. The woman captures our attention with the bright red of her skirt and hair, while the man recedes to the background in dark blue and black. The faces of both figures are obscured, creating a mysterious air that allows us to create our own unique interpretation of the full story behind this work. Further adding to the intrigue of this piece, a draped piece of furniture is hidden beneath a white sheet, and a single chair sits to the right. One can contemplate endless possibilities to this setting; Are they in a café just before closing? Or could they be at the edge of a dance floor, full of other couples just like them? With strong shadows, the lighting and contrast of this work are masterfully composed, exhibiting Picasso’s exemplary skill at an early stage of his career.

Created in 1966, this color collotype with pochoir was published by Guy Spitzer and contains his publisher’s stamp in the lower left side of the image. Hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and signed in the plate in blue in the lower left of the image, this work is numbered from the edition of 125 in pencil the lower left margin. This work is based on an original oil painting from 1900 of the same title.

Catalogue Raisoneé & COA:
Pablo Picasso The Embrace (L’étreinte), 1966 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Warncke, Carsten-Peter. Pablo Picasso Vol I 1881-1973. Taschen: Cologne, 1994.The original painting is listed on pg 60.
2. McCully, Marilyn. Picasso The Early Years 1892-1906. National Gallery of Art: DC, 1997. The original painting is listed as cat no 41 on pg 124.
3. Spitzer, Guy. Guy Spitzer, Editeur D’Art. Editions Guy Spitzer: PARIS. Listed and illustrated on pg. 12 (another example illustrated).
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, Pablo Picasso The Embrace (L’étreinte), 1966 is presented in a complementary moulding with silk-wrapped mats and optical-grade Plexiglas.

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