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PROPERTY FROM AN EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE COLLECTION

Pablo Picasso
FUMEUR ASSIS À UNE TABLE
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PROPERTY FROM AN EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE COLLECTION

Pablo Picasso
FUMEUR ASSIS À UNE TABLE
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Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
FUMEUR ASSIS À UNE TABLE
Signed Picasso (lower right)
Pen and ink and brush and ink on paper
12 7/8 by 9 3/4 in.
32.5 by 24.5 cm
Executed in Avignon in 1914.
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Provenance

Dr. Ingebort Eichmann, Zurich
Dr. H. Kesser, Basel (a gift from the above circa 1936)
Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne (acquired from the above in 1949, stock no. 2226)
Private Collection
Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich
Acquired from the above in 1988

Exhibited

Bergamo, Palazzo della ragione, Mostra Internazionale del Disegno Moderno, 1950, no. 61
Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Zeichnungen und Collagen des Kubismus, 1979, n.n., illustrated pl. 122
New York, The Museum of Modern Art & Basel, Kunstmuseum, Picasso and Braque, Pioneering Cubism, 1989-90, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Supplément aux volumes 1 à 5, vol. VI, Paris, 1954, no. 1243, illustrated pl. 149
Frank Elgar, Picasso, Paris, 1955, mentioned p. 89
Maurice Jardot, Picasso Zeichnungen, Stuttgart, 1959, illustrated pl. 39
Arthur Miller, The Drawings of Picasso, Los Angeles 1961, n.n.

Catalogue Note

The present work was executed in the summer of 1914, immediately prior to the outbreak of World War I, when Picasso and his lover Eve Gouel stayed for a few months in the medieval city of Avignon. The period leading up to this had been tumultuous for Picasso. In 1911, his first lover Fernande Olivier began an affair with a young Futurist artist, Ubaldo Oppi, and by the following year they were separated. Soon after Fernande began her affair Picasso and Gouel, who were then living with fellow cubist Louis Marcoussis, became romantically involved. In 1913 Picasso and Gouel traveled to Catalonia to visit his family with the intention of discussing marriage. In May of that year however, Picasso's father passed away and Gouel contracted tuberculosis soon after. Picasso and Gouel traveled to Avignon partially due to the latter's ultimately fatal diagnosis.

During his stay in Avignon, Picasso continued his experimentation with Cubism, executing sketches such as Fumeur assis à une table, which broke down the form of the sitter into a multitude of perspectives, as well as more finished brightly colored oils (see fig. 1). The incorporation of such a colorful palette into his Cubist canvases from this period was a departure from Picasso's mostly monochromatic works of 1908-12. These changes signify further evolution of the Cubist movement from a purely analytic style into a synthetic one as well as the influences of collage and papier collé, with which Picasso had been intensely occupied over the preceding two years. 

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