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PROPERTY FROM AN EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE COLLECTION

Pablo Picasso
NU COUCHÉ
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416

PROPERTY FROM AN EXCEPTIONAL PRIVATE COLLECTION

Pablo Picasso
NU COUCHÉ
Estimate
400,000600,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
NU COUCHÉ
Signed Picasso and dated 11.8.69.I (upper left)
Pencil on paper
20 by 25 5/8 in.
50.8 by 65.1 cm
Executed on August 11, 1969. 
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Provenance

Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Saidenberg Gallery, New York
Marlborough Gallery, Inc., New York
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired by 1971)
Galerie Le Clos de Sierne, Geneva
Private Collection, New York
Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich
Acquired from the above in 1987

Exhibited

Basel, Galerie Beyeler & traveling, Ausstellung Picasso—90 Zeichnungen, 1971-72, no. 75
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Picasso 1881-1981, 1981, no. 112
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Nudes—Nus—Nackte, 1984, no. 87 
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Picasso, der Maler und seine Modelle, 1986, no. 93
Zurich, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Picasso, Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, 1988, n.n.

Literature

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1969, vol. XXXI, Paris, 1976, no. 366, illustrated pl. 108

Catalogue Note

The present work was executed in 1969 when, at almost 90, Picasso’s own physical stamina had inevitably waned, yet his focus on erotic subjects in his paintings and drawings only intensified. Rendered with a confident and free-flowing line, this image of a reclining nude is one of pure sensuality and takes the odalisque paintings of Ingres and Matisse as clear references. The figure reclines languorously and her contortions evoke some of Picasso's most sensual depictions of the voluptuous Marie-Thérèse from the 1930s while also recalling the drama of his masterpieces like La Femme qui pleure with the figure’s gnarled fingers and contorted head. It is Picasso's innate ability to combine his dream-like, voluptuous imagery with the energetic confrontation of his strong line which makes Nu couché a master example of his late work. 

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