Pablo Picasso, L'Etreinte. II (Embrace), 1933

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:L'Etreinte. II (Embrace), 1933
Reference:Baer 339, Bloch 259
Series:Vollard Suite, 1933
Medium:Etching with Drypoint on Montval laid paper with Vollard watermark.
Image:11 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in (29.8 cm x 36.8 cm)
Sheet:11 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in (29.8 cm x 36.8 cm)
Framed:25 1/2 in x 22 in (64.7 cm x 55.8 cm)
Edition:This work is a rare proof, aside from the numbered edition of 55.
Signature:This work is stamped by the Picasso Estate Collection via Marina Picasso on verso.
Condition:This work is in good condition.
ID #w-8253
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Historical Description

Executed in precisely etched lines, this work exemplifies Picasso’s duel mastery of the print medium and his ability to convey symbolism and narrative. Reflective of Picasso’s earlier style, this piece combines a graceful elegance with a modern Cubist sensibility. While none of the figures have been distorted, Picasso does experiment with highly complex figural positioning, most poignantly evident in the winding shapes of the bodies. Picasso’s contour lines are sharp and crisp, further emphasizing the formal aspect of this work.

Created in 1933, this Etching with Drypoint on Montval laid paper is stamped by the Picasso Estate Collection via Marina Picasso on verso and is a rare proof, aside from the numbered edition of 55.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso L'Etreinte. II (Embrace), 1933 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 final sale of the work):

  1. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, Tome I Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie 1904-1967, Berne: Edition Kornfeld, 1984. Listed and illustrated as plate no. 259.
  2. Baer, Brigitte. Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome II. Galerie Kornfeld: Switzerland, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 339.
  3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso L'Etreinte. II (Embrace), 1933 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.