PICASSO EXHIBITION 

Opening Thursday, February 20th, 2020

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Galerie Michael is proud to present PICASSO, an exhibition rich with rare proofs and exceptional prints, some of Picasso’s most defining graphic oeuvre. The works exhibited are so unique and of the most important quality, that they cannot fail to have a permanent place in art history.

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Minotaure caressant du Mufle la Main d'une Dormeuse, 1933-1934 Drypoint on vergé de Montval laid paper Signed and annotated in pencil lower left; for sale at Galerie Michael, Picasso exhibition, rodeo drive, Beverly Hills

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 
Minotaure caressant du Mufle la Main d’une Dormeuse, 1933-1934 

Drypoint on vergé de Montval laid paper 

Pablo Picasso is considered the most pivotal, cutting-edge artist of the 20th century, challenging artistic mediums to attain the optimum results for his artworks. Printmaking was a true passion for Picasso, and he was a major innovator in the medium. He consistently altered his methods to achieve unparalleled qualities in his original graphic works.

Highlights include an incredibly rare series of Portrait de jeune fille, d’après Cranach le Jeune. II, (1958), considered a 20th century masterpiece, and arguably the most defining color print ever created. For this ambitious undertaking, Picasso made five different linoleum blocks – sepia, yellow, red, blue and black – to be superimposed on each other in that order. He then proceeded to print different proofs, in the process making different states of the blocks to arrive at the final image. A powerful image with rich colors, evoking a blend of Cubism and classical portraiture, this series is considered the most important of Picasso’s linoleum cuts. Works of this rarity are truly only seen in museum collections.

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Portrait de jeune fille, d'après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958 Linoleum cut printed in colors on the back of a poster, for sale at Galerie Michael
PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Portrait de jeune fille, d'après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958 Linoleum cut printed in colors on the back of a poster, for sale at Galerie Michael, Rodeo Drive
for sale at Galerie Michael, PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Portrait de jeune fille, d'après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958 Linoleum cut printed in colors on 'offset-fort' paper
PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Portrait de jeune fille, d'après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958 Linoleum cut printed in colors on thin poster paper, for sale at Galerie Michael

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 
Portrait de jeune fille, d’après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958 

Linoleum cut printed in colors 

Additionally, Galerie Michael is thrilled to offer two of the finest works from the Vollard Suite, Minotaure aveugle guidé par Marie-Thérèse au pigeon dans une nuit étoilée, (1934) and Minotaure caressant du Mufle la Main d’une Dormeuse, (1933-34). The Vollard Suite comprises 100 etchings completed by Picasso for art dealer Ambroise Vollard. During this time in his career, Picasso’s personal life was in an upheaval, and in this series, Picasso created and adopted the Minotaur as an alter-ego. The half man, half monster Minotaur became a symbol of his impulses and both a personal and universal duality between good and evil, or an autobiographical metaphor.

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Minotaure aveugle guidé par Marie-Thérèse au pigeon dans une nuit étoilée, 1934 Aquatint and drypoint on vergé de Montval laid paper Signed and inscribed in pencil lower left. The Minotaur is consistently portrayed as both violent and tender, simultaneously dominating women and being tamed by them. This is illustrated in the present scene, in which the young Marie-Thérèse is holding a dove while leading the blind Minotaur through the darkness. Although typically driven by desire and violent urges, he is completely under her control, and responds to her kind innocence.

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 
Minotaure aveugle guidé par Marie-Thérèse au pigeon dans une nuit étoilée, 1934 

Aquatint and drypoint on vergé de Montval laid paper 

It is a surprise to no one that not all Picassos are created equal, nor will they ever move toward equality. Among the challenges of dedicated fine art collectors is the shortage of top Picasso original work. Owning original graphics is always a better choice than owning mediocre original drawings or paintings, not only for the short‐ and long‐term aesthetic enjoyment of the viewers, but certainly also for the ultimate investment appreciation and upside. As the price of Picasso’s best originals has skyrocketed into the unobtainable stratosphere, collectors have two choices: they can settle on mediocre originals, or move to top‐quality, and still affordable, multiple originals. The choice between the two is obvious, as mediocre work will never significantly rise in value, in direct contrast with his top prints, which are still are somewhat accessible and still present to the collector tremendous price growth.

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 David, Bethsabée et le Prophète Nathan, 1970 Aquatint, drypoint and scraping on Rives paper, for sale at Galerie Michael

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973
David, Bethsabée et le Prophète Nathan, 1970

Aquatint, drypoint and scraping on Rives paper 

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Histoire de Sabartés et de sa voisine: for sale at Galerie Michaell

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 
Histoire de Sabartés et de sa voisine: , 1957 

Aquatint on BFK Rives wove paper 

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Histoire de Sabartés et de sa voisine: Les Banderilles, 1957 Aquatint on BFK Rives wove paper. During their long friendship, Picasso executed various portraits of Sabartés in different media, many full of irony – an irony mixed with jokes and affection, which was the basis of their friendship. Some of these artworks can be found in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, the Museu Picasso, Barcelona, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 
Histoire de Sabartés et de sa voisine: Les Banderilles, 1957 

Aquatint on BFK Rives wove paper 

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 Buste de profil, 1957 Lithograph on Arches paper Signed lower right in red pencil, dated in the plate and annotated “epreuve d'artiste” in pencil. A strong example of Picasso's proficiency of the graphic medium, this piece showcases the regal beauty of his wife and muse.

PICASSO, Pablo, 1881-1973 
Buste de profil, 1957 

Lithograph on Arches paper 

The “secret” to buying art is to buy great works of art at prices that precede upswings. The upward price curve for Picassos is imminent. Now is the prudent time to purchase Picassos.

We at Galerie Michael are privileged to offer our collectors and clients rare artworks that serve as key examples of Pablo Picasso’s artistic testament to the graphic medium. We hope that you can join us to witness the mastery of Picasso for yourself!


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