171
171
Pablo Picasso
CHAISE
Estimate
90,000120,000
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171
Pablo Picasso
CHAISE
Estimate
90,000120,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Pablo Picasso
1881-1973
CHAISE

dated 6 D 42 (upper left)

 


pen and ink on paper
65.8 by 50.9 cm., 25 7/8 by 20in.
Executed on 6th December 1942.
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Provenance

Estate of the artist
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Barcelona, Paco Rebés, Picasso, 1986, p. 18, illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Œuvres de 1942 à 1943, Paris, 1961, vol. 12, no. 174, illustrated pl. 88
The Picasso Project, Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: Nazi Occupation 1940-1944, San Francisco, 1999, no. 42-183, illustrated p. 172

Catalogue Note

The present work is probably a study of a kitchen chair from the house at Le Tremblay-sur-Mauldre where Picasso spent time with Marie-Thérèse until the outbreak of war. Although the house was then occupied by the Germans, Picasso slipped back during the war to rescue some doves he had kept there.
This work also certainly pays homage to Vincent van Gogh's depiction of the chair in his bedroom (fig. 1). Like for van Gogh, the chair becomes a symbol of lonliness and loss for Picasso. It may also symbolise the waiting for the end of the war.

Fig. 1 Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh's Chair, 1888, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London

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