Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Marie Derval
Pen and brush and black ink over graphite.
19 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches (49.8 x 32 cm)
Thaw Collection.
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Signed at lower right in black ink, "Ruiz," and in graphite, "Picasso / 1901."

James Pendleton, California; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York (before 1980).

Watermark: A. Lepage ainé Tochon Lepage.
This portrait of popular actress Marie-Louise Derval is one of four illustrations of Parisian entertainers by Picasso published under the heading “Catcalls and Capers” in the humorous journal "Le Frou-Frou" in September 1901. Based on sketches made from life in theaters and cabarets, these drawings have an expressionist style reminiscent of the graphic work of Toulouse-Lautrec and Munch. Although the artist had begun signing his paintings Picasso--his mother's name--a year earlier, for these magazine illustrations he reverted to his father's name, Ruiz, for fear of compromising his reputation as a serious artist. (The second signature was added later.)

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