Roger Lacourière

Picasso, Jacqueline Roque, E. Pignon at Chateau de Vauvenargue

Pablo Picasso & Jacqueline Roque – Picasso, Roque & Edouard Pignon sign this postcard to Roger Lacourière. A nice historical document /snapshot from his time after 1953. The postcard shows the Chateau de Vauvenargue which  Picasso bought in 1958 (sources: www.museepicassoparis.com) after he discovered it in the foothills of Mont Sainte-Victoire, the mountain immortalised in countless paintings by Paul Cézanne, the man Picasso regarded as his artistic father. On april 10th 1973 Picasso was buried in the garden of this Chateau.

It is also documented, that E. Pignon and his wife (Héléne Pignon nee Parmélin) were together with Jaqueline Roque and Pablo Picasso after  an exhibition which took place in Aix en Provence (www.galerie.alain.paire.com)

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Joan Miro & Roger Lacourière

From a book trader in Canada I bought a letter from Joan Miro which he has written to his publisher Georges Hugnet “Varengeville s/ mer, 25.3.1940” –

It is an excellent letter from the time in Varengeville (Miro stayed there from 1938 until latest july 1940 and went to Palma due to german invasion in France).

In his biography  (http://miro.palmademallorca.es/obra_grafica/biograf1_ENG_REV.html) you can read ” Miró began his famous Constellations series of twenty-three paintings that have a printwork parallel in L’usage de la parole, a print made in April, 1940 for a poetry magazine founded by Georges Hugnet, in which Miró played with cutout plates, creating a dialog between presence and absence, between inked and white areas, a process he repeated in many series thereafter.”

Cahier Art2

I am very sure that this letter is exactly describing the circumstances concerning the production of those prints: Miro mentions, that he received the copper plates and started to engrave. He mentions „Zervos“ and „Lacourière“ where he hopes to be working soon.

Letter to Georges Hugnet 1940

Picasso at work

Do you feel the silence and the artistic and creative process in this picture? What happens next? How does Picasso create the uniqueness of the ceramics in front of him? This very nice photo shows Pablo Picasso in his atelier in Vallauris designing and painting one of his sculptures. Roger Lacourière observes him in the background, smoking a pipe.

I think it was in 2010 I saw this photo the first time on the internet site of an autograph trader. I could not get off my eyes any more . In summer 2011, I took decision to go to Paris and have a look on the original. There was no way back without this photo…

in his atelier in Vallauris

Photo signed and dedicated:
„For Lacourière, his friend Picasso“ , june 1952.
125 x 182 mm, vintage photography
Provenance: Collection from the engraver Roger Lacourière

Portrait of Picasso


There are many portraits of Picasso existing as he loved to be photographed. In 1957, Roland Penrose wrote „that the life of Picasso, both private and public, has been the most fascinating of all artist in our time“. I truly believe, this did not change after more than 50 years. The photograph shown here is a small and very different insights in Picasso´s life.

I want to add as well the book, where the photo has been published. I bought this book a bit later at an antiquarian book dealer because I think it adds to the collection or history of the piece.

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