Gilden's Arts Gallery Highlight of the week:
PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973
Acrobats / Les Saltimbanques, 1905-1922
Hand Signed and Numbered Etching and Aquatint on Arches vellum paper
66.8 x 48 cm / 26.3 x 18.9 in
Gilden's Arts gallery is proud to show this nee acquisition by Pablo Picasso. The work was printed in 1922 in a limited edition of 200 signed and numbered impressions. It was published by Bernheim-Jeune, Éditeurs, Paris. It is based on Picasso's gouache painting of early 1905 which is now in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
After the First World War, Jacques Villon engraved a series of aquatints after paintings by the Modern Masters, such as Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Derain, Laurencin, Signac, Renoir, Cezanne, Vlaminck, Bonnard, Manet, Dufy, Modigiliani, Van Gogh, and others. This print was part of this series.
From late 1904 to the beginning of 1906, Picasso's work centered on a single theme: the Saltimbanque, or itinerant circus performer. The theme of the circus and the circus performer had a long tradition in art and in literature, and had become especially prominent in French art of the late nineteenth century. A more immediate inspiration for Picasso came from performances of the Cirque Médrano, a circus that the artist attended frequently near his residence and studio in Montmartre.
Literature: De Ginestet, Colette & Pouillon, Catherine, 1979. Jacques Villon; Les estampes et les Illustrations Catalogue Raisonné. Paris: Arts et Métiers Graphiques.
Reference: Ginestat et Pouillon E634.
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