Málaga 1881 - 1973 Mougins
Le Cocu magnifique
Suite of 12 etchings on wove paper with watermark "Richard de Bas". 22.1 x 32.2 cm (36.5 x 48 cm). Individually framed under glass. Each signed. Each proof HC aside from the edition of 40 proofs on this paper, beside the book edition of 200 on Velin de Rives. Illustrations for the book by Fernand Crommelynck. Published by Éditions de l'Atelier Crommelynck, Paris 1968. - Each in mat opening slightly browned and with brown-stain, occasional minor foxing. The sleeve missing.
Geiser/Baer 1432-1443 B; Bloch 1244-1255; Cramer Books 140
ARTES Verlag + Edition; Private possession, Berlin
"Le cocu magnifique", written by the playwright, director and journalist Fernand Crommelynck, is a farce about a man who ultimately loses his wife because of his pronounced jealousy. For a long time, Picasso had the desire to illustrate the play, which premiered in 1920 as a stage play and was filmed in 1947. In 1966, he finally realised this project in collaboration with the author's sons, the printers Aldo and Piero Crommelynck. In 1968, the series was published by Editions de l'Atelier Crommelynck with 12 etchings, four for each of the three acts. For the illustrations, Picasso used his characteristic personnel borrowed from mythology; the cuckold husband is embodied by the Minotaur.