Jacques Villon (after Pablo Picasso) - Maternity
Etching & Aquatint in colours, 1930, on Arches paper, signed by Picasso in ink and in the plate. Beneath is the embossed blindstamp of Chalcographie du Louvre, signed and dedicated in the image “pour Ramie Picasso PARIS”
1) Ginestet, Colette de and Pouillon, Catherine, Jacques Villon: Les Estampes et Les Illustrations Catalogue Raisonné, 1979 listed on page 418 - 419 , listed as image E.670
2) Daix, Pierre and Boudaille, Georges, “Picasso: The Blue and Rose Periods” , 1967, page 202.
Size: 425 x 650 mms (Image size) ; 582 x 820 mms (Paper size)
Condition: Bright unfaded colours, stains to edges of sheet caused by mounting tape (not affecting the image), otherwise in good condition.
Note: In 1922 Jacques Villon (older brother of Marcel Duchamp), was commissioned by Galerie Bernheim-Jeune to reproduce 38 engravings with aquatint after some of the most influential artists of his day. The project took him ten years to complete and the images were sold at the Louvre. The success of these prints secured Villion's career in the field of Fine Art eventually becoming a Grand Officer of the Legion d'Honneur, the highest recognition that France can bestow upon a civilian. Picasso's original oil on panel was sold at Christie's New York for $24,700,000.
Besides this edition there was another signed and numbered edition. Our work is dedicated to Rami and signed by the artist. It could be that this refers to Rami who owned the Madoura pottery. It is true to say that this edition is generally not signed but this courtesy signature does look authentic.
Edition: 200 unsigned copies. There was also a signed and numbered edition of 200. It is not known how many works were signed and dedicated like our example
Published by : Galerie Bernhein-Jeune, Paris, France