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Lot #6025
Pablo Picasso Autograph Letter Signed with Sketch - Postcard to Andre Level

Picasso sketches the seaside sun while vacationing in France

Estimate: $15000+

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Picasso sketches the seaside sun while vacationing in France

ALS in French, signed "Picasso," one page on a 5.75 x 3.75 postcard, no date but postmarked August 17, 1919. Picasso writes to the art dealer, critic, and collector André Level in Paris, in part (translated): "My dear friend, Saint-Raphaël Continental Hotel and Baths—When will you come to see us? I will start working tomorrow. Gorgeous blacks." Below, he draws a sketch of the noontime sun, with "Midi" at the center. The front of the postcard, titled "Souvenir de villégiature," depicts a couple engaging in humorous dialogue. In fine condition.

In early August 1919, Picasso settled in Saint-Raphaël in a small hotel overlooking the sea, from whence he sent this postcard. Earlier in the year, André Level and Henri Clouzot had published "L'Art nègre et l'Art Océanien" (African Art and Oceanic Art). This work was likely sent to Picasso, giving meaning to his last phrase: "gorgeous blacks." It is worth noting Picasso's significant interest in African art: during his 'African Period' of 1906 to 1909, Picasso painted in a style which was strongly influenced by African sculpture, particularly traditional masks and art of ancient Egypt.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Art, Literature, and Classical Music
  • Dates: May 22, 2024 - June 20, 2024

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