One of the finest examples of Picasso's linoleum cut prints, his portrait of Jacqueline Roque, is set to star at Swann Auction Galleries' 20th Century Prints and Drawings sale on September 23 in New York.
Picasso created over 150 linoleum cuts during the 1950s and 1960s, but none are so fine as the portraits he painted of his second wife (1927-1986). The print, titled Jacqueline au Bandeau de Face (Grand Tete de Femme), is estimated at $120,000-180,000.
Jacqueline Roque married Picasso in 1955 following the death of his first wife, and like all his lovers, he painted many portraits of her.
However, following Picasso's death she spent years chasing lawsuits against Picasso's lover Francoise Gilot and eventually committed suicide in 1986, a day before a major show of her private collection of Picasso's work.
The sale is dominated by Picasso prints, though Die Nacht by Max Beckmann makes an appearance among the top lots at $70,000-100,000.
Described as a "tour-de-force German Expressionist lithograph", the print is a depiction of the riots in Berlin following the founding of the Weimar Republic in November 1918. A painting of the same subject by Beckmann is housed in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf.
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