Prints & Photography
April 17 — 22, 2021
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Lot 97 Details
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish
OISEAUX DANS UNE CAGE (BIRDS IN A CAGE), 1958 [BAER, 1051]
Linocut printed in blue-green on kraft paper; signed by both artist and printer: Picasso in blue crayon lower right and by Hidalgo Arnera in pencil lower left, further annotated: ”Oiseaux Dans Une Cage/Linogravure Originale de Picasso. 1958/Epreuve d’essai," in pencil to lower left margin, noted “extremely rare and completely unique from any other print the artist ever created. […] one of only 3 or 4 proofs pulled for an edition that was never run,” from Curator’s Statement (one of three accompanying documents).
Accompanied by 3 Higgins Harte International Galleries, LLC authentication and provenance documents outlining the expertise consulted including:
1. Higgins Harte International Galleries, LLC, “Archival Summary of Documentation” with mention of third party experts: citing ‘Document No. 1: Certificate of Authenticity Gayle B. Tate, G.B. Tate & Sons; and ‘Document No. 2: Excerpts from the catalogue raisonne “Picasso Peintre-Graveur” by Brigitte Baer," Purchase agreement No. 5393, signed by the Private Collector and dated 1/8/11;
2. Higgins Harte International Galleries “Curators Statement”, includes statement confirming the medium, edition state, colour (blue-green), paper, number of proofs, edition size, uniqueness and rarity of this unpublished print edition, the Catalogue raisonne reference and authentication by Gayle B. Tate, G.B. Tate & Sons;
3. Higgins Harte International Galleries, “Authentication Notes”: Two pages including photographic detail of the signature and detail of notations to the margins with a summary of 9 points provided by the gallery outlining the entire research and authentication process supported and certified by the most Internationally acknowledged outside expertise.
17.75 ins x 11.75 ins; 45.1 cms x 29.8 cms
Higgins Harte International Galleries, LLC, Lahaina, HI, the accompanying “Archival Summary of Documentation”, purchase agreement No. 5393;
From whom purchased and signed the above by the present Private Collection, Canada on 1/8/11 (2011);
Private Collection, Alberta
“Oiseaux Dans Une Cage” is recorded in Brigitte Baer’s “Picasso: Peintre-Graveur” Catalogue Raisonné de L’Oeuvre et des Monotypes, 1946-1958” Vol. 4, Editions Kornfield, 1988, No. 1051.
“In 1958, the year this work was created, Picasso was working at his studio in Villa La California, located in the hills above the Bay of Cannes. David Dougas writes in “Villa Picasso, a Centennial Celebration 1881-1981” that during this time the artist kept white doves on his third floor terrace and the birds roosted on nearby trees in his garden with a distant view of the sea. This exact scene inspired Picasso to create nearly a dozen canvases. Since Picasso owned a pet owl, parrot, and kept other birds such as the wild white doves, it is quite possible that the two song birds depicted in “Oiseaux dans une Cage” were his personal companions as well.”
Hidalgo Arnera was Picasso’s specialist printer. Picasso worked closely with this master printer chosen by Picasso for his technical expertise and expensive equipment required in printmaking. The double signatures on this lot bear witness to how closely they worked together. Similar annotations by Arena appear on other Picasso linocuts such as those in the Musee National Picasso, Vallauris.