Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 38AR
Pablo Picasso
(Spanish, 1881-1973)
La Suite des Saltimbanques

Sold for £ 312,562 (US$ 407,960) inc. premium
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
La Suite des Saltimbanques (Bloch 1-15; Baer 2-7, 9-15, 17, 18)
The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition

Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Les Pauvres (B. 3) with collector's mark of Marcel Louis Guérin (1873-1948), Paris (Lugt 1872b).
    Le Saltimbanque au Repos (B. 10), with the Leicester Galleries, London;
    John Richardson, by whom given to Douglas Cooper at Christmas, 1950;
    Acquired by the present owner from the Douglas Cooper Collection sale at Christie's London, 30 November 1988, lot 542.
    La Danse Barbare (B. 15), with collector's mark of Henri Petiet verso (Lugt 5031).


    La Suite des Saltimbanques comprises :
    Le Repas Frugal (B. 1; Ba. 2)
    Tête de Femme (B. 2; Ba. 3)
    Les Pauvres (B. 3; Ba. 4)
    Buste d'Homme (B. 4; Ba. 5)
    Les Deux Saltimbanques (B. 5; Ba. 6)
    Tête de Femme, de Profil (B. 6; Ba. 7)
    Les Saltimbanques (B. 7; Ba. 9)
    L'Abreuvoir (B. 8; Ba. 10)
    Au Cirque (B. 9; Ba. 11)
    Le Saltimbanques au Repos (B. 10; Ba. 12)
    La Famille de Saltimbanques au Macaque (B. 11; Ba. 13)
    Le Bain (B. 12; Ba. 14)
    La Toilette de la Mère (B. 13; Ba. 15)
    Salomé (B. 14; Ba. 17)
    La Danse Barbare (B. 15; Ba. 18)


    The series of fifteen etchings and drypoints famously known as La Suite des Saltimbanques are Picasso's first printed works. They encompass the most important subjects that preoccupied him during the beginning of his career. Bohemianism, poverty and the theatrical world are all the themes that inspired his work during the Rose and Blue periods.

    In 1904, a young Picasso living in the poorest conditions at the Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre, produced his second ever etching, and the most important and largest subject in the series, Le Repas Frugal. A famished-looking couple sitting in front of a table, empty but for a crust of bread and some wine. A symbolic still life with a reference to the sacraments on an altar cloth.
    The worn physical expressions of these two figures are a clear identification of the artist's life at this point in his career: moving from place to place, living a 'frugal' life. Due to his poverty, Picasso re-used a copper plate that had been previously etched by his artist friend Joan Gonzales; the traces of his ghostly landscape can still be seen in the upper part of the composition.
    This melancholic depiction of bohemian life constitutes one of the most important works in the graphic oeuvre of the artist.

    The other etchings in the series feature itinerant acrobats and harlequins. Picasso shows the performers behind the scenes, caught in the intimacy of their private moments. Some are shown rehearsing their acts and other are simply eating with their families or taking a bath.

    The Paris dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard acquired the fifteen plates of the suite after the death of his neighbour and fellow dealer Clovis Sagot. Picasso had only printed a few impressions from each plate, and so Vollard decided to print an edition after having the plates steel-faced.
    This suite, so rarely found complete, includes also the rare subject La famille de Saltimbanques au Macaque (B. 11; Ba. 13). Vollard destroyed most of the edition due to the bad state of the copper plate. Therefore, only a few impressions have survived as it was not included when the series was commercialised.

    The poet and friend of Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire wrote about this series Picasso's taste for pure lines which recedes, changes and penetrates, produced almost unique examples of linear drypoints.
    This set of prints had no obvious precedent, and proved not only Picasso's ability as a draftsman and printmaker, but as a gifted young artist with a unique vision.
Contacts
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) La Suite des Saltimbanques  The rare complete suite of 15 etchings and drypoints, 1904-05, fine impressions from the edition of 250 on van Gelder Zonen wove paper, with the exception of Le Saltimbanque au repos (B. 10), one of 27 or 29 proofs on Japan laid paper and signed in red crayon, published by Ambroise Vollard and printed by Fort in 1913, Paris, all with wide margins or the full sheets, in good condition Largest sheet (Repas Frugal) 650 x 505mm. (25 1/2 x 19 7/8in.)
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
AR Artists Resale Right

Goods subject to Artists Resale Right Additional Premium.