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Gilden’s Art Gallery

London, UK

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

Pablo Picasso

Still Life with Bottle | Nature morte à la Bouteille

1962

29.6 x 24.5 in.

Linocut

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

48000

David Hockney

Gregory

1974

35.8 x 28 in.

Etching and Aquatint

This original etching and aquatint is hand signed in pencil by the artist "David Hockney" at the lower right margin. It is also hand inscribed in pencil “AP” [artist’s proof], in the lower left margin. This impression is one of a small number of artist’s proofs aside from the standard edition of 75. This work was printed by Maurice Payne of the Petersburg Press, London and was published by Petersburg Press, London in 1974. The paper bears the embossed copyright symbol in the lower right margin. Provenance: Maurice Payne, Master Printmaker Private North American Collection, acquired directly from Maurice Payne of Petersburg Press Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-77, Petersburg Press for the Midland Art Group and the Scottish Arts Council, 1979 Reference: Scottish Arts Council 169.

Edition 1 of 75

16000

Marc Chagall

Orange Tree | L'oranger

1975

23.8 x 18.5 in.

Lithograph

This original lithograph in colours is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Marc Chagall" at the lower right margin. It is also numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin. This work was printed in 1975 in a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions. The paper bears the Arches watermark in the right margin. Literature: Mourlot, F., & Sorlier, C., (1984). Chagall: The Lithographs V: 1974-1979 (Catalogue Raisonné). D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. Reference: Mourlot 737.

Edition 1 of 50

24000

Bather and Flautist Putto, with Men in Beachwear, from: Series 347, Pablo Picasso

Odalisque with Brasero and Bowl of Fruits, Henri Matisse

Otto Mueller

Girl on the Sofa | Mädchen auf dem Kanapee

1921/22

17.1 x 22.2 in.

Lithograph

This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Otto Mueller” at the lower right. Our impression is one of approximately 20 unnumbered impressions aside from the edition of 30 with Roman numerals. It was published by Graphisches Kabinett J.B. Neumann, Berlin 1921-22. This is the eighth print of the J.B. Neumann-portfolio. Note: Another example of this composition can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Provenance: Ex collection Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Berlin Kupferstich-Sammlung, Stuttgart The Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Koln Literature: Buchheim, L. & Karsch, F. (1963). Otto Mueller: Leben und Werk. Mit einem Werkverzeichnis der Graphik. Feldafing: Buchheim Verlag. Reference: Karsch 146,

Edition 1 of 30

17000

Alberto Giacometti

The Pointing Man, in the Studio | L’homme qui pointe dans l’atelier

1951

19.7 x 25.8 in.

Lithograph

This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Alberto Giacometti" in the lower right margin. It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 30, at the lower left corner. It was printed and published by Maeght Éditeur, Paris in 1954 in a limited edition of 30 signed and numbered impressions. There were also six hors commerce [out of trade] impressions. The paper bears the Arches Rives watermark in the upper and lower margins. Literature: Lust, H. (1991). Giacometti. The complete graphics and 15 drawings. Catalogue Raisonné revised. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy. Reference: Lust 15.

Edition 1 of 30

9500

Bather and Flautist Putto, with Men in Beachwear, from: Series 347, Pablo Picasso

Gilden’s Art Gallery

London, UK

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