|Artist||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Title||Madame Ricardo Canals, from the Barcelona Suite,1966|
|Reference||Rodrigo 150, Czwiklitzer 232|
|Image Size||22 3/4 in x 17 1/4 (57.8 cm x 43.8 cm)|
|Sheet Size||30 1/4 in x 21 3/4 in (76.8 cm x 55.3 cm)|
|Framed Size||40 in x 34 1/8 in (101.6 cm x 86.7 cm)|
|Edition||Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left margin.|
|Signature||This work is hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right.|
|Condition||This work is in excellent condition.|
As we subject ourselves to the bewitching power of the achingly beautiful Madame Canals, we find ourselves decanting a torrent of empathy for Picasso, who coveted this woman, his best friend's wife. What was initially a glance by the viewer has become a stare. Hypnotized by her unworldly beauty, we are trapped, shamefully unable to avert our gaze. Madame Canal seems to enjoy this game, and her haughty contemplation lets us know that she too is sizing us up while we admire her porcelain white skin and lustrous garments that suit her as do jewels a queen. Painted during a period of transition between Picasso's Blue and Rose Periods, this work is according to Gaya Nuño, "one of the most haughty and seductive female portraits in the history of painting, and one in which the condition of woman is elevated without recurring to lavish adornments."
Created in 1966, this color lithograph was hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin. Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by Museo Picasso, Barcelona and printed by Foto-Repo S.A. Barcelona, 1966. This work was created after the original oil and charcoal on canvas titled Portrait of Señora Canals painted in Paris, 1905 and currently belonging to the collection of the Museu Picasso de Barcelona.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work 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. Czwiklitzer, Christopher. Picasso's Posters. Random House: New York, 1971. Listed as plate 232 on page 341.
2. Rodrigo Luis Carlos. Picasso in his Posters Volume I. Arte Ediciones: Spain, 1992. Listed on page 328 as plate 150.
3. Rodrigo Luis Carlos. Picasso in his Posters Volume III. Arte Ediciones: Spain, 1992. Listed on page 1784 as plate 150.
4. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.