WXXI Public Broadcasting – WXXI 2015 Auction
Auction Ends: May 9, 2015 11:00 PM EDT

Fine Art

A Professionally Re-Framed Picasso Print from 1960 Titled Tete de femme

Item Number
M757-2291
Estimated Value
$500 USD
Sold
$550 USD to jo537515e
Number of Bids
6  -  Bid History

Item Description

A 1960 Picasso print titled: ''Tete de femme''. Professionally re-framed by Lumiere, this excellent mid-century art piece measures 27'' wide x 32'' tall. This is an estate piece without any provenance but is believed to be an authentic print sold from Margaret Silberman's shop in the 1960s.

Origin of the print:
Margaret Silberman's book ''Pour Margaret from Picasso with love'' recently explained its origin. Margaret was friends with Picasso and Jacqueline and after doing a favor for him, Picasso offered her a choice of 12 double heads he had done in india ink washes. These other eleven ''Tetes'' can be found on the adjacent pages in Zervos. The original was given to her on December 1st, 1960 and signed on that date, though the piece had actually been created on November 12th. Silberman grew to become a close friend of the family & became one of Picasso's dealers in 1961 under the company name Picasso Arts, Inc. This image, as a signature of their friendship, was used as the company's logo and featured on their business cards. A small run of high quality art prints were produced, omitting the dedication & leaving the date & signature intact. These were sold in Silberman's shops/galleries and, presumably, exhibitions of Picasso's work, in the early 1960s.