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FROM GOYA TO PICASSO: WORKS FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JAN KRUGIER

Pablo Picasso
DESSIN - CARNET DINARD, PAGE 1 (BAIGNEUSE. PROJET POUR UN MONUMENT)
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FROM GOYA TO PICASSO: WORKS FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JAN KRUGIER

Pablo Picasso
DESSIN - CARNET DINARD, PAGE 1 (BAIGNEUSE. PROJET POUR UN MONUMENT)
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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
DESSIN - CARNET DINARD, PAGE 1 (BAIGNEUSE. PROJET POUR UN MONUMENT)
dated 27 juillet 1928 (lower left)
pen and ink on paper
37.5 by 30cm.
14 3/4 by 11 3/4 in.
Executed on 27th July 1928.
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Provenance

Estate of the artist (inv. 9214)

Marina Picasso (the artist's granddaughter; by descent from the above)

Acquired from the above by the late owner

Exhibited

Venice, Centro di Cultura di Palazzo Grassi, Picasso, Opere dal 1895 al 1971 dalla Collezione Marina Picasso, 1981, no. 188-198/1, illustrated in the catalogue

Munich, Haus der Kunst; Cologne, Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle; Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut & Zurich, Kunsthaus, Pablo Picasso, Sammlung Marina Picasso, 1981-82, no. 149/1, illustrated in the catalogue

Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art & Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Picasso, Masterpieces from Marina Picasso Collection and Museums in U.S.A. and U.S.S.R., 1983, no. 117/1, illustrated in the catalogue

Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria & Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Picasso, 1984, no. 172/2, illustrated in the catalogue

Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Picassos Surrealismus, Werke 1925-1937, 1991, no. 16.1, illustrated in the catalogue

New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,  Picasso and the Age of Iron, 1993, illustrated in the catalogue

London, Tate Gallery, Picasso: Sculptor / Painter, 1994, no. 64.1, illustrated in the catalogue

Duisburg, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum & Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Pablo Picasso - Wege zur Skulptur, Die Carnets Paris und Dinard aus der Sammlung Marina Picasso, 1995, illustrated in the catalogue

Dinard, Palais des Arts, Picasso à Dinard, 1999, no. 43, illustrated in the catalogue

Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, González/Picasso, dialogue. Collections du Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne et du Musée Picasso, 1999, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Vienna, Albertina, Goya bis Picasso. Meisterwerke der Sammlung Jan Krugier und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2005, no. 148, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee, Klee rencontre Picasso, 2010, illustrated in colour in the catalogue

Literature

Christian Zervos, 'Projets de Picasso pour un monument', in Les Cahiers d'Art, Paris, 1929, nos. 8-9, pp. 342-353 (listed under Carnet 1044)

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, œuvres de 1926 à 1932, Paris, 1955, vol. 7, no. 200, illustrated pl. 76

Je suis le Cahier. The Sketchbooks of Picasso (exhibition catalogue), Pace Gallery, New York, 1986, no. 96, illustrated p. 327 (listed under Carnet 1044)

Carsten-Peter Warncke & Ingo F. Walther, Pablo Picasso, Cologne, 1991, illustrated p. 326 (titled Badende mit Strandball)

Picasso & Modern British Art (exhibition catalogue), Tate Britain, London, 2012, illustrated p. 131

Catalogue Note

A highly stylised depiction of a bather or a figure on the beach, this supremely elegant and vibrantly executed ink drawing exemplifies the unparalleled inventiveness of Picasso’s art. It comes from a sketchbook of 59 pages which are amongst the most potent examples of Picasso's Surrealism. In the Carnet Dinard the artist metamorphosed natural and organic elements to create abstract compositions redolent with sensual connotations. This highly important document was inscribed on the cover and on two further pages, which establish that Picasso started using the sketchbook in Dinard and completed it in Paris. The present drawing is dated 27th July 1928, which indicates that it was the first of the many remarkable works he carried out over the summer whilst living at the Villa della Roches with his wife Olga. Picasso also brought his young lover and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter (fig. 3), with him on holiday, and set her up in a pension de jeune filles not far from Dinard, where his wife and lover would be unlikely to accidentally meet.

Discussing the sketchbooks Picasso produced at Dinard, John Richardson wrote: ‘For the first ten days or so in Dinard, Picasso lay low and seemingly did no work. And then on 27th July, he resumed drawing where he had left off in Paris. [Werner] Spies believes that he had torn the last page, dated 8th July, out of the Carnet Paris which he had been using and taken it to Dinard as a starting point for the dramatically contorted bathers he now began to paint. Unlike the femmes-phallus in the Cannes drawings which appear to be made of ‘erectile tissue’, the matière  of the Dinard ones is less highly charged: driftwood, pebbles, and bones that have been smoothed by the sea. “Pebbles are so beautiful”, Picasso told Brassaï’ (J. Richardson, A Life of Picasso. The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932, New York, 2007, p. 357).

In the 1994 Tate exhibition catalogue entry for the present work, Elizabeth Cowling and John Golding stated: ‘The great importance of this remarkable notebook is two-fold. In the first place, there are many drawings directly related to the series of small-scale paintings of schematised bathers playing on the beach which Picasso actually executed in Dinard [fig. 1], or to metal sculptures [fig. 2; …], which he made in  Paris on his return, or in 1929-30 with the help of Julio González. […] In the second place, there are many pages of highly wrought, volumetric drawings of stacked and balanced bone- and stone-like forms, which are like projects for monumental multi-part sculptures – sculptures which Picasso never made, but which reflect his current obsession with inventing new forms and techniques for sculpture’ (E. Cowling & J. Golding, Picasso: Sculptor/Painter (exhibition catalogue), op. cit., p. 265).



 

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