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Au Cirque: Acrobates, Girafe, Nageuses...

Au Cirque: Acrobates, Girafe, Nageuses...

Etching with aquatint on BFK Rives paper, with full margins. Signed in pencil and dated in the plate 11 April 1968 I (in reverse). From the rare artist's proof edition (annotated "Epreuve d'Artiste"). One of 17 artist's proofs aside from the edition of 50 that were numbered in Arabic. Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.

In his ninth decade, Picasso created the remarkable group of etchings known as the 347 series in less than seven months, from March 16th to October 5th, 1968. He collaborated with the master printers Piero and Aldo Crommelnck, in his private studio near Cannes, who brought in a special press from their atelier in Paris in 1963.

While combining different cultures, icons and periods in this series, Picasso was able to create a unifying theme throughout: that of the narrator and observer rather than participant. The works are a panorama of compelling imagery including, circus figures, musketeers, cabelleros, musicians, and painters with their models, many charged with an erotic tone. Picasso's command of the challenging techniques of etching, engraving, dry-point and aquatint are revealed forcefully in the 347 works, along with the highly personal and facile drawing ability he possessed in his late years.

Commenting on the series, the artist said, "I spend hour after hour while I draw, observing my creatures and thinking about the mad things they're up to; basically it's my way of writing fiction."

In Picasso Suite 347, (de Baranano and Baer, Fundacion Bancaja 2000) Brigitte Baer describes Suite 347 as one of the rare points in Picasso's career where "he looked, not at his anxieties and deepest states of being...but rather at what he perceived of the outside world."

The availability of this rare work from the 347 series offers one of the finest collecting opportunities present to those seeking to acquire original works by Picasso.

According to Picasso Suite 347 (de Baranano and Baer pg. 412) the complete collection of the Suite 347 can be found at the following museums:

  • The Picasso Museum of Barcelona
  • The National Library in Paris
  • The Gottfried Keller Stiftung of Switzerland
  • The Peter Ludwig Museum in Cologne
  • The Art Museum of Israel in Jerusalem
  • The Art Institute of Chicago

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