A carefully curated group of etchings, aquatints, drypoints, lithographs and linoleum cuts by Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch are on display and for sale in an extraordinary exhibit titled “Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch: Genius on Paper” at LewAllen Galleries. Louis Newman, LewAllen’s director of modernism and the show’s curator, acquired most of these works from one private collection.
“It’s a museum-quality show,” states Newman. “We’re pairing works by two of the great towering figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But the connection goes beyond that. While a number of artists of stature who were contemporaries of Picasso and Munch created prints, few of them immersed themselves in printmaking and explored and exploited a wide range of techniques. Printmaking was an incredibly important part of the oeuvres of both Picasso and Munch.”
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881-1973) was not only a Spanish painter but also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He co-founded Cubism, an early 20th century art movement in which painting from a single perspective was abandoned and objects were analyzed, broken up and reassembled into abstracted forms. Newman is excited to be showing one of Picasso’s earliest prints in a Cubist style (1908/1909) alongside pieces from the 1920s through the 1960s. Many of these works were originally acquired directly from Picasso or his estate.
Best known for his emotionally charged painting “The Scream,” Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose powerful works expressed pain, illness and death as well as hope and love. Notable works from 1894 through 1916 are on display, including “The Girl at the Window,” an ethereal piece of a child is peering through window curtains, and “Inheritance,” a portrait of a mother with a dying child.
All of the works on exhibit are original prints, and many are signed. Prices range from $12,000 to $345,000.