Le Collier
Le Collier (Bloch 58)

1923
From the Caisse à remords
Drypoint printed on tinted Arches
Stamped signed lower right
From the edition of 50
Printed by Frélaut, 1961
Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, 1981
Image: 7 x 5 1/8 inches
Sheet: 12 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches
(Bloch 58) (Baer 103.B.b.1)

This drypoint is an example of Picasso’s private printmaking activity of the 1920s, created in isolation in his studio. He preferred the immediacy and directness of drypoint for such explorations. After drawing the plate, he would pull a few impressions for his own use and set it aside. The plate remained untouched until 1961 when it was printed by Frélaut as part of the famed Caisse à remords.

 

Picasso frequently visited the theme of three women in his work of the 1920s and the composition here bears many similarities to a later plate titled Deux Femmes regardent un Modèle nu (Bloch 57), etching with drypoint and scraper, 1929. Le Collier is also reminiscent of his treatment of the classical theme of The Three Graces, traditionally depicted as three nudes in a circle, one shown from the side, one from the front, and one from the back.