Picasso's Mousquetaire à la pipe II highlights Christie's 20th Century Art Evening Sale
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Saturday, July 13, 2024

Picasso's Mousquetaire à la pipe II highlights Christie's 20th Century Art Evening Sale
Pablo Picasso, Mousquetaire à la pipe II, signed 'Picasso' (upper right); dated and numbered '5.11.68. II' (on the reverse), oil and Ripolin on canvas, 57 1/2 x 38 in. (146 x 96.5 cm.) Painted on 5 November 1968. Estimate on request. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

NEW YORK, NY.- This November, Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale in New York will be highlighted by Pablo Picasso’s Mousquetaire à la pipe, 5 November 1968 (Estimate on request; in the region of $30,000,000). A leading example of the musketeer series that came to be highly definitive of the artist’s late career, this work is remarkable for its inventiveness and variety, its vibrant palette and rich brushwork, dynamism, and overwhelming joie de vivre.

Max Carter, International Director and Head of Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Department, remarked: “In 1968, while much of the world looked anxiously at the future, Picasso, then in his 88th year, harnessed the glories of the past to create his grand, culminant series of musketeers. This November we are honored to offer Mousquetaire á la pipe II, one of its outstanding examples, never before seen at auction, leading an array of works across the master’s career.”

Painted on 5 November 1968, Mousquetaire à la pipe is among the most impressive of the great Musketeer series. During a period of convalescence in late 1965, Picasso began to re-read a number of literary classics—including Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. By spring of 1966, the tale had taken up residence in the artist’s psyche, and as the following year began, the figure of the musketeer had effectively entered Picasso’s repertoire. Part historical and part fantastical, the musketeer figures were vessels through which the artist portrayed himself. They also speak to the close dialogue that Picasso had entered into with Rembrandt; throughout the 1960s he came to increasingly identified with the Dutch artist, who was also fond of inserting himself in various guises into his paintings. Picasso’s 1968 group of musketeer paintings marks the peak of Picasso’s interest in this subject, and during the fall of this year he produced the finest examples of the genre.

This is one of two musketeer paintings that Picasso painted on 5 November 1968; the other example is in the collection of the Museum Sammlung Rosengart, Luzern. A striking duo, both feature figures with tight curls, beards, and pictured with a pipe. The example on offer portrays a musketeer with a notably grandiose presence, more than filling the near five-foot canvas to tower above the viewer. Just as he had done throughout his career with the figure of the harlequin and the minotaur, Picasso used the musketeer figure as a way of visualizing a heroic stance in life, to affirm his ability—through wit, skill, and creativity—to remain master of his fate during this final stage of his life.

Today's News

October 6, 2021

MOCA Toronto's inaugural triennial survey exhibition features work by local artists

Marie Antoinette's letters to her dear Swedish count, now uncensored

Hauser & Wirth Publishers to release 'Marcel Duchamp' monograph and catalogue raisonné

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers to hold inaugural 'Prints & Multiples' sale on October 13 and 'Interiors' on October 14

Painting by Monet will be a leading highlight in Christie's 20th Century Evening Sale

National Endowment for the Humanities awards COVID relief grants

Li Trincere's new large paintings, all hard edge and attitude in third solo show at David Richard Gallery

Guggenheim gets new chairman, and second ever Black female trustee

Russian crew docks at ISS to film first movie in space

Swedish artist known for Muhammad caricature dies in car crash

French Delahaye sisters sell within days of each other for very similar amounts

Dolce & Gabbana just set a $6 million record for fashion NFTs

Phillips partners with UK rapper and actor Kano ahead of Frieze Week sales

Picasso's Mousquetaire à la pipe II highlights Christie's 20th Century Art Evening Sale

Adams and Ollman opens a solo exhibition of new work by Stefanie Victor

An acclaimed playwright on masks and the return to the stage

Venice, overwhelmed by tourists, tries tracking them

Kensett painting soars to more than $1 million at Cottone Auctions

Louisiana Art & Science Museum announces newest exhibition, "Iridescence"

Nobel Literature Prize yet to deliver its diversity promise

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art showcases the work of three contemporary fiber and mixed-media artists

Classic 7" single artworks revisited in new book by artist Morgan Howell

Swing today: 'Our dance is modern because we're alive right now'

SoHo catered to free-spending tourists. What happens without them?

Are Handmade Paintings The Best Ways To Preserve Your Memories?

When is IKEA opening in Exeter

Top Future Trends for Contract Management for 2021 and Beyond

Best ways to balance study and part-time work: top 5 resume services

4 Easiest Ways of Promoting Your Art Online

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful