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Gilden’s Art Gallery
For 40 years Gilden's Art Gallery has specialised in original prints from the 20th Century. Our collection of International Art includes the Modern Masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, George Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and many other acclaimed artists.
Generally, we have a keen interest in works of art by artists from the following movements: Surrealism, Cubism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Russian Avant-garde, as well as DADA and the Abstract Movement.
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I am particularly pleased to highlight Pablo Picasso’s linocut, “Still Life with Bottle | Nature morte à la Bouteille”, 1962. My own passion for prints began with the linocuts of Picasso; it was my first introduction to printmaking, and I was fortunate enough to catalogue the entire archive of Picasso’s linocut printer, Hidalgo Arnéra. This is a wonderful example of the reductionist technique which enamoured Picasso to the medium of lino cutting.
The same manner with which Picasso took to lino cutting, with such gusto, reminds me of the German American artist Lyonel Feininger – who upon beginning his exploration of woodcuts managed to execute the majority in the first three years. “Steamboat Odin | Dampfer Odin, 1918”, is an excellent example of an early woodcut by the artist, whereby we are already able to recognise his definitive style.
I’ve long been fascinated with German Expressionism, and how printmaking is intrinsically linked with this art movement. Of course, we think first of woodcuts, but the way in which Otto Mueller embraced lithography really set the artist apart amongst the German Expressionists. I find, “Two Girls - Half Nudes | Zwei Mädchen - Halbakte, 1920”, to be a particularly beautiful example of Mueller’s skill with lithography. The work is atmospheric, and the use of tonality is quite an achievement in this medium.
Passion for specific medium is a great way to see, in a short period, an artist’s creative ability to find their own voice in a single printed medium. It gives us a wonderful insight and helps us to understand them a little better, not only in the context of their graphic work but wider oeuvre. It is the perfect starting point to explore printmaking and what it meant to each artist.
Stephen D. Gallagher, Head of Research at Gilden's Art Gallery
Still Life with Bottle | Nature morte à la Bouteille
29.6 x 24.5 in.
This original linocut in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Picasso" at the lower right margin. It is hand inscribed in pencil “épreuve d’artiste” [Artist’s Proof], in the lower left margin. This impression is an artist’s proof aside from the standard edition of 50. It was printed by Hidalgo Arnéra, Vallauris in 1959 and published by Galerie L. Leiris, Paris in 1962. The paper bears the Arches watermark along the upper margin. The title of this work is as recorded in the catalogue raisonne by Georges Bloch; it is also known as "Nature morte au casse-croûte I " [Still Life with Snack I]. The paper bears the Arches watermark in the left margin Provenance: Private collection, North Germany Literature: Bloch, G. (1968). Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1904-67, Bern: Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein. Reference: Bloch 1100 2. Baer, B. (1992). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome II, Catalogue Raisonne de l'OEuvre Grave. Bern: Editions Kornfeld Reference: Baer 1315
Edition 1 of 50
35.8 x 28 in.
Etching and Aquatint