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John Szoke Gallery
New York City, US
Since 1974, the John Szoke Gallery has specialized in works on paper, first publishing and dealing with contemporary artists and then, after taking a specific interest in the relationship between history and the artist, narrowing the collection’s focus to modern masters. This focus has tightened to the works of Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch, two innovative printmakers who brought the print form to new artistic heights. With a collection this specific, the gallery can present not only editioned prints, but the process of their development, various states, color variations, proofs, and impressions pulled by different printers, illuminating the historical context of each work.
The gallery’s foundation in inquiry, its interest in each artwork’s unique position in history, has forged both academic and trade-based partnerships. Throughout its over 45 years, the gallery has closely collaborated with major museums and important collectors and has been an active member of the IFDPA (International Fine Print Dealer Association), building a worldwide reputation for expert evaluation and cataloging, dedication to research and art accessibility, and for housing the finest rare quality prints by Picasso and Munch.
The range of these artworks appeal to those looking to start a collection, to active collectors, as well as to appreciators simply interested in history. All are welcome to experience the works in person at the gallery’s Fuller Building location, conveniently found on the corner of Manhattan’s 57th Street and Madison Avenue.
La Minotauromachie, Pablo Picasso
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We are inspired by the IFPDA’s dedication to printmaking and delighted that they found a way to continue holding the print fair these past few uncertain years. We are honored to be an exhibitor at this year’s Spring 2022 online virtual fair, presenting a specially selected collection of work by two of the most iconic printmakers: Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch. Our featured works Picasso are comprised of pieces that span the entirety of the artist’s career, showing the innovative ways in which, he explored techniques within drawing, etching, linocut, and lithography throughout the years. Included in the collection is the notable La Minotauromachie (B288), an etching and engraving done in 1935 that encompasses several of Picasso’s most recognizable motifs, such as the mythical Minotaur, and contains complex symbolism of Picasso’s personal strife at the time and reflecting the state of the polititical. Another standout, the drypoint Portrait d’Olga au Col de Fourrure (Ba109), is a portrait of Picasso’s first wife. Done in 1923, Picasso captured a rarely seen emotional and intimate side of Olga. The selected works by Munch ranges from the end of the 19th century to the start of the 20th— a creative time period during which Munch produced many of his most significant works. The 1894 drypoint, To mennesker. De ensomme (Two human beings; The lonely ones) (W13), encapsulates the artist’s ability to tap into and acutely display melancholy themes of love and loneliness during a time period when it was unconventional to create art based on human emotion. Please enjoy looking through the collections we put together, and we hope to see you in person at the John Szoke Gallery for even more prints by these renowned artists.
19 13/16 x 27 1/8 inches
Etching Seventh and final state From the edition of 50 Printed by Lacourière, Paris Image: 19 13/16 x 27 1/8 inches Sheet: 22 5/16 x 30 5/8 inches Framed: 32 1/4 x 39 inches (Bloch 288) (Baer 573) VII.B.c.5. (of VII.C.)
Portrait d’Olga au Col de Fourrure