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The Frugal Repast (Le Repas Frugal)

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The Frugal Repast (Le Repas Frugal)

23 1/2 x 20 in. (59.7 x 50.8 cm)

Pablo Picasso
Spanish (Málaga, Spain, 1881 - 1973, Mougins, France)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching and drypoint on wove paper
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Accession Number: 1983.120
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: Lockhart Collection
Suite Name: La Suite des Saltimbanques

With its iconic image of a man and woman sitting at a table in a wine shop, a sharp realism evoking the couple’s poverty and despair, "The Frugal Repast" is Picasso’s most famous print. It is especially remarkable because, at the time he created it, the artist had no formal training in printmaking. Beyond its emotional appeal, the fineness of technique is a testament to Picasso’s genius and ability to master a new medium so quickly.

Picasso produced only a few copies of this etching and drypoint when he created it in 1904. Almost ten years later, his dealer Ambrose Vollard, well known for his marketing and financial skills, bought the copper plate, strengthened it with steel facing, and, along with 14 smaller etchings, produced an unsigned edition of 250. This series, known as the The Saltimbanque Suite, assured Picasso’s reputation not only as painter, but master printmaker.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

See general references: Georges Bloch, "Pablo Picasso: Catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié," Berne: Kornfield et Klipstein, 2nd. ed. rev. 1971, tome 1, p. 20-21, cat. no. 1; Una F. Johnson, "Ambroise Vollard éditeur," Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1977: 85.1; Bernhard Geiser, "Picasso: Peintre-graveur. Catalogue illustré de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié. Tome I, 1898-1932," revised edition published Bern 1991: 2b

Robert Hartshorne (c. 1869-1927), Highlands, New Jersey; his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 23, 1946, no. 122; Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr., Geneseo, New York; their gift to the Gallery in 1983

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