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- Object: Le repas frugal
The frugal repast; emaciated couple seated at table before wine and piece of bread; 2nd state, Vollard ed. 1913. 1904
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Height: 464 millimetres
Width: 377 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from Stephen Coppel, 'Picasso and Printmaking in Paris', (exh.cat.), South Bank Centre, 1998, no.60.
Made in September 1904, this etching was Picasso's first print to be produced in Paris. Recycling a zinc plate which he had scraped down, Picasso created this harrowing image of an emaciated couple sitting in a cheap wine tavern. It is related to the paintings of his Blue period begun the previous year in Barcelona, in particular to 'The blind man's meal', 1903 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). Initially printed in a small number of impressions, it was later published in a large edition by Vollard in 1913. This impression is from the Vollard edition printed by Louis Fort, after the steel facing of the copper plate; it is is one of 250 unsigned and unnumbered impressions printed on wove Van Gelder paper.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1993 Oct-Dec, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre, Picasso
1997 May-Sep, BM, Printmaking in Paris, no.1
1998 July-Sep, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris, no.60
1999 Jan-Mar, Newcastle, Hatton AG, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris
1999 Mar-May, Warrington MAG, Picasso/Printmkaing in Paris
1999 May-July, Bristol, Arnolfini Gall, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris
1999 July-Sep, Nottingham Castle MAG, Picasso/Printmaking in Paris
2012 May-Sep, BM, Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite, ex. cat.
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