Lot 115
  • 115

Pablo Picasso

500,000 - 700,000 USD
749,000 USD
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  • Pablo Picasso
  • Trois personnages (recto) & Cinq personnages (verso): A Double-Sided Drawing
  • Signed Picasso (lower left); dated 20.9.72. (upper left); dated (on the verso)
  • Felt-tip pen on card (recto); watercolor, wash and brush and ink on card (verso)


Galerie Salis & Vertes, Salzburg
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1989 and sold: Christie's, London, February 5, 2008, lot 569)
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

In Trois Personnages (recto); Cinq Personnages (verso)  Picasso employs numerous characters recurring elsewhere in his oeuvre. The freedom and spontaneity of his late work, combined with the use of archetypal figures and symbols, reflects both a growing awareness of his mortality and a conscious decision to allow himself total liberty with both style and subject matter. Themes of sex and passion appear in many guises throughout Picasso’s final years, including the virile musketeers, titillated painters and pipe-smoking brigadiers entangled in romantic encounters with women.

Picasso further investigates the relationship between the painter and his model as depicted in the studio. Indeed, this relationship between the artist and model was one of profound complexity. The more Picasso explored this theme in his art, the more he pushed the artist-model relationship toward the ultimate conclusion—the artist embracing his model, removing the barrier of the canvas and transforming the relationship into that of a man and a woman coupled, often in sexual embrace.

Rather than ponder the details of human anatomy and perspective, the artist isolates those elements of his subject that fascinated and preoccupied him and depicts them with a contemporary style and a sense of wit entirely his own.