A haunting print by Picasso of his beloved second wife Jacqueline Roque will lead Bonhams Print sale on 27th November at New Bond Street, London. Estimated at £50,000 - 70,000, 'Jacqueline au Bandeau de Face' is an innovative work that demonstrates the artist's unparalleled draughtsmanship and artistic inventiveness, which set him apart from his contemporaries.
Picasso had several muses over the course of his life, but Jacqueline held one of the most important roles in the artist's oeuvre. She became a rousing force behind Picasso's creativity and the subject of more pictures than any other single person in his work. Fascinated with the creative process, the artist recorded the constant metamorphosis of her image across the years.
The couple, who had a 44 year age-gap, were married for the last 20 years of Picasso's life and their enigmatic relationship has provided much cause for intrigue in the ensuing decades.
Picasso cut his first linoleum block in 1939, a simplified yet violent form of a screaming woman in the anguish of war. After some time working with different media, his return to linoleum in the early 1950s coincided with his final romantic affair with Jacqueline Roque, who he met in 1953. 'Jacqueline au Bandeau de Face' is a striking image, in which the artist accentuates her classical features, such as her high cheekbones, long straight nose, enormous eyes and dark hair.
It is a complex work with a strong emotional charge, showing a dual perspective of Jacqueline's face. Picasso creates a tension between the conflicting views of the face with the shadowed profile looking inward to the self as if superimposed on a frontal view directed to the viewer.
Rupert Worrall, Head of Prints commented, "Picasso is one of the most recognised artists of all times and his relationships with the women in his life have had a profound effect upon his creativity. Jacqueline Roque was instrumental in shaping the work he produced. This linocut is a great example of the complex and inventive nature of Picasso's works."
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