Pablo Picasso. Pensive Boy Watching a Sleeping Girl by the Light of a Candle (Garçon pensif veillant une dormeuse à la lumière d’une chandelle) from the Vollard Suite (Suite Vollard). 1934, published 1939

Pablo Picasso Pensive Boy Watching a Sleeping Girl by the Light of a Candle (Garçon pensif veillant une dormeuse à la lumière d’une chandelle) from the Vollard Suite (Suite Vollard) 1934, published 1939

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The motif of one figure watching another figure sleeping recurs in Picasso’s art throughout his career. The female figures were often inspired by the women in his life at the time. One explanation for the persistence of this theme is the fact that Picasso worked at night and had ample opportunity to observe his lovers sleeping.

In 1934 Picasso began to collaborate with Roger Lacourière in the printer’s Paris workshop. The artist enjoyed a challenging relationship with Lacourière, who introduced him to the full potential of etching, engraving, drypoint, and aquatint.

Gallery label from Picasso: Variations and Themes, March 28–September 30, 2010.
Medium
Etching, engraving and aquatint
Dimensions
plate: 9 5/16 x 11 5/8" (23.6 x 29.5 cm); sheet: 13 3/8 x 17 13/16" (34 x 45.2 cm)
Publisher
Vollard, Paris
Printer
Lacourière, Paris
Edition
260
Credit
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
269.1949
Copyright
© 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Series
Vollard Suite (Suite Vollard)
Department
Drawings and Prints
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