Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Les Deux Saltimbanques, 1905
Drypoint before steel facing on medium/heavy laid paper
12.07h x 9.31w cm
Dimensions: 122 x 91 mm. 4 3/4 x 3 2/3 in.
References: Geiser 6 III a/b of III c; Bloch 5; Baer 6 III a 1 of III c 2, a pre-steelfaced proof before the 1905 edition of 12 and the large 1913 Vollard edition after steel-facing
Signature: Signed in ink and dedicated to the critic and poet Apollinaire
Provenance: The artist; presumably ca. 1905 to
Guillaume Apollinaire, Paris; to
Galerie Feldman, Cologne; 1914 to
Dr. H. Stinnes (1844-1925, Cologne), similar to Lugt 1376a;
Paul Draper (New York?); 1981 to
David Tunick, Inc.; 1983 to
Private Collection, New York
Impression: Brilliant impression with burr and nuance of tone, showing evidence of special wiping
Condition: Excellent, on the full, uncut sheet, wide margins with deckle edges all around. Light stains and thin spots in a few areas in the margins, the subject unaffected. Dedication, signature, and collector’s stamp show some evidence of handling.