PABLO PICASSO – Hélène chez Archimède, 1931
Wood engraving
Sheet size: 310 x 235 mm
Image size: 277 x 205 mm
Edition: Size of edition unknown; scarce – Unsigned
Wood-engraving by Georges Aubert after Pablo Picasso, printed on cream Marais wove paper. This engraving was made for Vollard's projected edition of Hélène chez Archimède by André Suarès, illustrated with wood-engravings by Georges Aubert (1886-1961) after drawings by Pablo Picasso. Vollard abandoned this edition, but not before issuing the current print in a separate edition as a tipped-in plate in the specialist typographical journal Arts et Métiers Graphiques, each issue of which included a number of tipped-in plates on various papers. A quarter of a century later, the book was eventually published in an edition of 240 copies by the Nouveau Cercle Parisien du Livre. This plate is therefore something of a rarity; it is also the most attractive of Picasso's Cubist illustrations for this work, and is reproduced on p. 96 of Nicholas Rauch, Les Peintres et le Livre. Refs: Rauch 80; Johnson, Vollard, 193. The print is in excellent condition apart from some discoloration along the very top edge, well away from the image. Condition: Excellent, see description.