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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, LONDON

Pablo Picasso
FLEURS
Estimate
100,000150,000
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316

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, LONDON

Pablo Picasso
FLEURS
Estimate
100,000150,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881-1973
FLEURS
Signed Picasso and dated 28.9.48. (lower left)
Pencil on paper
25 3/4 by 19 7/8 in.
65.5 by 50.7 cm
Executed on September 28, 1948.
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Provenance

Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Private Collection, Spain (acquired from the above and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 26, 2008, lot 199)
Acquired at the above sale

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1946 à 1953, vol. XV, Paris, 1965, no. 83, illustrated pl. 50
The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture. Liberation and Post-War Years, 1944-1949, San Francisco, 2000, no. 48-017, illustrated p. 199

Catalogue Note

In 1946, Picasso painted the quintessential portrait of his then lover, Françoise Gilot, in Femme fleur en gris (see fig. 1). The artist told Françoise, when speaking of the work, “You’re growing like a plant… I’ve never felt compelled to portray anyone else this way" (Françoise Gilot, Life with Picasso, New York, 1964, p. 113).

Executed just two years later, Fleurs belongs to a series of drawings and paintings by Picasso that explored the idea of distilling the human figure into its basic elements to capture the essence of the individual depicted. The engaging, anthropomorphic still life in Fleurs seems to suggest a portrait of Picasso and Gilot, with the silhouette of the male and female plants facing each other in a conversant posture.

The fluid decorative line of the drawing, reduced means and simplified composition also suggest Picasso’s continuing dialogue with the artist Henri Matisse. During these post-war years, the artists lived near each other in the South of France and were intensely aware of each other’s artistic investigations and innovations.

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