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Sale 2507 Lot 264A
Portfolio with complete set of 6 etchings, 1934. 290x203 mm; 11 3/8x8 inches (sheets), full margins. The deluxe edition of 150, aside from the regular book edition of 1500. Each etching signed and numbered 150/42 in pencil, lower margin. Published by the Limited Editions Club, New York. Superb impressions of this very scarce, deluxe edition.
Picasso received the commission to illustrate a deluxe edition of Aristophanes's Lysistrata in 1934 from George Macey, who founded the Limited Editions Club in 1929. Macey's imprint specialized in producing deluxe works by some of the era's best-known artists to illustrate literary classics. Aristophanes's Lysistrata is a Greek comedy that tells the story of a woman who sets out to end the Peloponnesian War by convincing her countrywomen to withhold sex from their war-bound husbands and lovers. Bloch 267-272; Geiser 387-392.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $31,200