Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Jeu sur la plage The rare drypoint with rich burr, 1933, on vergé ancien, one of four  trial proofs, the only one on this paper, signed in pencil, printed in 1960 by Jacques Frélaut, Paris, before the 1961 edition of 50 with stamped signature, with wide margins, 275 x 175mm (10 7/8 x 6 7/8in)(PL) unframed
Lot 40AR
Pablo Picasso
(Spanish, 1881-1973)
Jeu sur la plage unframed
Sold for £23,750 (US$ 39,919) inc. premium
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Jeu sur la plage (Bloch 254; Baer 293Ba)
The rare drypoint with rich burr, 1933, on vergé ancien, one of four trial proofs, the only one on this paper, signed in pencil, printed in 1960 by Jacques Frélaut, Paris, before the 1961 edition of 50 with stamped signature, with wide margins, 275 x 175mm (10 7/8 x 6 7/8in)(PL) (unframed)

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  • Provenance:
    The collection of the family of master printer Jacques Frélaut.

    The work is accompanied by two documents signed by members of the Frélaut family confirming its provenance.


    In 1957, master-printer Jacques Frélaut, alongside his brother Robert, revived the Atelier Lacourière, founded by Roger Lacourière in 1929. The atelier was renown for its technical precision and collaborated with important artists including Marc Chagall and Joan Miro. Pablo Picasso worked with Jacques Frélaut on some of his most evocative etched portraits of women.

    The monumentality of the female nudes in Jeu sur la plage attests to Picasso's renewed interest in the forms of classical art in the 1930s. The sensuous contours of Picasso's statuesque figures become manifest through the scratchy and irregular line of the drypoint needle.
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