Pablo Picasso - Femme assise en tailleur: Genevieve Laporte


Woman sitting cross-legged: Genevieve Laporte

Geneviève assise (Jacint Reventós, Recordant el Doctor Reventós)

Drypoint etching with burin, on Japon nacre paper, 23rd August 1951, Second State, signed by the artist in pencil

Size: Plate 144 x 100mm. (5 5/8 x 3 7/8in.); Sheet 313 x 233mm. (12 1/4 x 9 1/8in.)


Geneviève Laporte, "Un amour secret de Picasso. Si tard le soir...",Editions du Rocher, Monaco,1989, reproduit page 204. SOLD WITH THE PIECE

G. Bloch "Picasso, Volume II Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1966 - 1969” (Bloch 1837 )

Baer 888 II A

Patrick Cramer “The Illustrated Books” Number 147 (Pages 354/5)

Edition: /180 - There were also 12 artists proofs ;

The First state was made in 1951 with 4 examples on Vellin.

The second state was made in 1969 consisting of 190 proofs on Japon Nacre paper (10 HC proofs numbered A to J plus a numbered series from which ours comes)

Note: This originally accompanied the book, "Recordant el doctor Reventós (Homenatge dels seus amics)", Barcelona, Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1969.

Genevieve Laporte (1926 – 30 March 2012) was a French philanthropist, filmmaker , artists model , poet and author of sixteen books. She was best known for being one of Pablo Picasso’s last lovers during the 1950s. In 2005 she auctioned off 20 of Picasso's works which had been given to her, many of them portraits of her. she met Picasso as a teenager during World War II, finding common ground in poetry. She was in her mid-twenties when the affair began in 1951, although Picasso was nearly 50 years older than she was and had recently fathered two children with Francois Gillot . Someart historians and museums carrying Picasso's work have dubbed the paintings he made around that time the "Genevieve Period", as many of them feature symbolic tributes to his model and muse as well as dedications "To Genevieve". Picasso wanted Laporte to move in with him after Gilot left him in 1953, but she refused — which, she was told by Jean Cocteau , "saved her skin".[1] In 1959 she married a fellow Parisian resistance fighter instead.

She was perhaps most famous for auctioning off 20 works, many with her as a subject, which were bestowed upon her during the secret love affair with Picasso in the 1950s. The auction occurred in June 2005. With the money earned from the auction she created a foundation "Genevieve Laporte de Pierrebourg, pour la defense de la nature et des animaux", with agreement of the Fondation de France

The cancelled plate is in the collection of the Musee Picasso, Paris

Printed by: Gustav Gili; Barcelona, Spain

Exhibition History: This piece was exhibited at Museu de l'Art de la Pell de Vic (31 Octobre 1997 - 23 January 1998) "Picasso, obra gràfica”

Public Collections:

Fundacio Palau, Caldes d’Estrac