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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GEORGE EMBIRICOS

Pablo Picasso
NU ET HOMME ASSIS
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 446,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
32

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF GEORGE EMBIRICOS

Pablo Picasso
NU ET HOMME ASSIS
Estimate
350,000450,000
LOT SOLD. 446,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
NU ET HOMME ASSIS
Signed Picasso and dated 20.12.69 (upper left)
Blue crayon on paper
17 by 21 1/2 in.
43 by 54.6 cm
Drawn on December 20, 1969.
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Provenance

 Marlborough Fine Arts, Ltd., London

Acquired from the above in 1972

Exhibited

Avignon, Palais de Papes, Pablo Picasso, 1970, no. 44, illustrated in the catalogue

New York, Marlborough Gallery & Saidenberg Gallery, Homage to Picasso for his 90th Birthday, 1971, no. 111, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1969, vol. 31, Paris, 1976, no. 559, illustrated pl. 179

Rafael Alberti, A Year of Picasso, Paintings: 1969, New York, 1971, no. 151, illustrated p. 148

 The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: The Sixties III 1968-1969, San Francisco, 2003, no. 69-566, illustrated p. 293

Catalogue Note

This lascivious voyeur, savoring the spectacle of the nude female figure, belongs to a series of works from the late 1960s that are understood to be thinly-veiled references to Picasso and his wife, Jacqueline.  The present composition belongs to a series of sexualized visual exchanges between a hatted man and nude women, and it is by far the most erotically-charged, with the couple reciprocating each other's gaze.  The contortions of the model, whose facial features resemble those of Jacqueline, call to mind some of Picasso's most sensually explicit depictions of the voluptuous Marie-Thérèse from the 1930s.  In this later work, though, a male figure has entered the composition, whose physical proximity to the nude could be interpreted as the 88-year-old Picasso himself reclaiming the sexual stamina of his youth.


Themes of sex and passion would appear in many guises throughout Picasso's final years, such as the virile musketeers and pipe-smoking brigadiers entangled in romantic encounters with women, or the relationship between the painter and his model as depicted in the studio.  The artist's choice of an brothel theme here reflects his life-long admiration of the works of Degas, whose scenes of maisons closes were a potent source of inspiration for Picasso's art (fig. 1). 

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