Oct 29, 2019 - Sale 2522

Sale 2522 - Lot 328

Price Realized: $ 8,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
Bouteille de Rhum.

Color collotype and stencil, circa 1965. 600x495 mm; 23 5/8x19 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 175/250 in pencil, lower margin, and numbered 175/250 in ink, verso. Published by Guy Spitzer, Paris, with the blind stamp lower left recto and the ink stamp verso. A superb impression of this large Cubist print, with strong colors.

Based on the same-titled oil painting now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998, accession number 1999.363.63). This painting, created during the summer of 1911 in the French Pyrenees town of Céret, dates from Picasso's most abstract phase of Cubism, known as "high" Analytic Cubism. Indeed, it is difficult to decipher the bottle of rum alluded to in the title. This is one of the first works in which Picasso included letter forms. Visible on the left hand side of the composition, the letters LETR might refer to the popular bullfighting magazine Le Torero, which Picasso as an avid fan surely would have known, or perhaps they are simply a pun on the French "lettre" or "word."