Lot #642
Pablo Picasso

A portrait of an old friend, gifted by Picasso to his trusted housekeeper
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Estimate: $6000+


A portrait of an old friend, gifted by Picasso to his trusted housekeeper

Vintage matte-finish 9.5 x 11.75 half-length photo of Pablo Picasso holding up his 1901 portrait of Spanish sculptor and writer Jaume Sabartes, signed and inscribed in black ink, "Pour Ines Sassier, Picasso, le 10. 5. 68.” Pencil notation on the reverse indicates that the photo was originally taken by Jacqueline Roque, Picasso's second wife. In fine condition, with very light edge wear.

Picasso met Ines Sassier while vacationing in Mougins in 1936 and, delighted by her charm, promptly welcomed both her and her sister to the staff at his Rue de Boétie apartment. She remained Picasso's close friend, advisor, cook, and confidante for more than three decades. Picasso first met Sabartes in 1899 when they were both just 18 years old and began a lifelong friendship. Sabartes initiated the establishment of the Museu Picasso in Barcelona with the donation of his personal collection, which consisted of nearly six hundred of Picasso's works. A wonderful photograph boasting great personal associations.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #583 - Ended May 13, 2020

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