Picasso's etchings are represented in the exhibition by a selection of prints taken from the Suite Vollard- one of the greatest achievements in print of the 20th century- that is a composition of 100 subjects produced by Picasso over a seven-year period from 1930 to 1937 and commissioned by renowned publisher Ambroise Vollard.
La Suite Vollard stands as testament to Picasso's genius and is widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in print of the 20th century. Made up of one hundred subjects, the suite is named for its publisher Ambroise Vollard and is a survey of Picasso's preoccupations from 1930 to 1937. It is a precursor to the harrowing imagery of La Guernica and the symbolism of Picasso's other great etching, La Minotauromachie.
The exceptionally rare complete suite of 100 impressions, 15 signed by the artist, from the regular edition of 260, on specially made Montval laid paper with Picasso and Vollard watermarks, the full sheets, in original condition.
Fifteen of the subjects in this set are signed in pencil by Picasso (the last three in red pencil): Bloch 143, 176, 177, 178, 185, 191, 192, 201, 219, 225, 226, 230, 231, 232, 233.
The Vollard Suite, apart from the edition of three on parchment, was published unsigned, but Henri Petiet, who had bought the entire Vollard estate, was in the practice of taking individual groups of Vollard Suite prints to Picasso to sign; this happened over a period of years. Naturally enough, Petiet chose to ask the artist to sign the most important subjects , and complete Vollard Suites normally contain 15 subjects that have been signed. Our set is in exactly this format, with the most important fifteen subjects signed, the others left unsigned as originally published.
是次展出了畢加索《Suite Vollard》系列版畫中的多幀精選蝕刻創作，這個系列被譽 為是 20 世紀最傑出的版畫作品之⼀一，包括這位藝壇巨匠從 1930 ⾄至 1937 年的七年間精 ⼼心創製的 100 幀版畫，並由著名出版商 Ambroise Vollard 委約創作。
這些作品都是來⾃自畢加索的新古典主義時代，共有多個出⾊色主題，包括⽶米諾陶洛斯 ⼈人⾝身⽜牛頭怪（Minotaur）、雕塑家的⼯工作室和他的愛⼈人。系列以 50 張華麗的「⼤大 型」版和 260 張「⼩小型」版的形式印⾏行，總共印製了逾 30,000 幀，絕對是⾮非凡的成 就。⾃自 Vollard 於 1939 年因⾞車禍猝逝後，系列從未再曝光，其後，他的所有藏品被另 ⼀一名版畫代理商 Henri Petiet 悉數收購，之後只偶爾推出個別作品，⼤大部份仍然由 Petiet 家族擁有。
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