Picasso’s Definitive Print Comes to Bloomsbury Auctions

Virtually every iconic artist of the last 100 years is included in Bloomsbury Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Prints sale on Thursday 28th June 2012 at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP.

This impressive 436 lot offering embraces 20th century British prints including works by Wadsworth, Nevinson, Moore and Nicholson; Continental prints by the likes of Matisse, Chagall, Miro and Picasso; the increasingly fashionable Asian prints Chu Teh-Chun (Zhu Dequn), Murakami and Zao Wou-Ki; whilst Contemporary prints are well represented by Bacon, Richter, Freud, Lichtenstein and Warhol amongst many others.

There are various important focal points in Bloomsbury Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Prints sale. However the most important must be Le Repas Frugal from La Suite des Saltimbanques by Pablo Picasso with its poignant sense of despondency and isolation; this beautiful work is generally regarded as the definitive Picasso print and is a major highlight of the sale; estimated at £50,000-70,000 it comes from a private English collection. Picasso began printmaking in earnest in 1904-1905 with a series of fifteen etchings and drypoints and this beautiful, fine early impression from an edition of 250 published by Ambroise Vollard on Van Gelder wove paper, marks the beginning of his prodigious career as a printmaker.

Once again Bloomsbury Auctions is offering a major piece by CRW Nevinson the designated World War I artist. Whilst a volunteer ambulance driver and stretcher bearer, Nevinson became the official war artist and was deeply affected by the butchery he witnessed at the front in northern France. The extraordinarily powerful first impression drypoint, Returning to the Trenches signed and dated 1917, portrays the speed of the relentless marching of the emotionally detached and de humanised soldiers. Combining futurist and cubist techniques to depict the robotic troops as mere extensions of the war machine, this fine print with rich burr and delicate plate tone is estimated £60,000-80,000.

Another privately owned and important work is the unique print by Andy Warhol of The Marx Brothers, a silkscreen trial proof printed in a unique combination of colours from the portfolio Ten Portraits of Jews from the Twentieth Century. Consisting of geometrical ‘collage’ blocks of red, blue and purple which contrast with photographic portraits of the Marx Brothers looking in from both sides, it dates from 1980 and is signed in pencil, number 18/25 and it is expected to reach £25,000-35,000.

Viewing for this sale is from Sunday 24th– Thursday 29th June at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP.

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Lot 74

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

Returning to the Trenches

drypoint, 1916

Est. £60,000-80,000

A vorticist tour de force from Nevinson's period of working as an official war artist, Returning to the Trenches is perhaps the quintessential image from the Great War.

Lot 185 [Link : http://www.dnfa.com/search.asp?view=lotno&auction=35934&lotno=185 ]

Pablo Picasso

Le Repas Frugal

etching, 1902

Est. £50,000-70,000

Picasso’s first and greatest etching, a delicate, evenly printed impression with fine tone.

Lot 425
Andy Warhol
The Marx Brothers
silkscreen, 1980
Est. £25,000-35,000

Bloomsbury Auctions - 21 June 2012