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Own a Piece of Art History with the Holiday Sale

Have you ever been in a museum admiring artwork by a master artist and thought, “What would it be like to own this? How would it look in my living room or study?”

Owning artwork by an old or contemporary master is a privilege and joy that cannot be compared. Collectors can experience this joy for themselves with Park West Gallery’s Holiday Sale, featuring works by some of history’s greatest artists.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)

"Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician" (1665), Rembrandt van Rijn Park West Gallery

Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician” (1665), Rembrandt van Rijn. B., Holl. 264; BB. 65-1

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art. The artistic genius is known for his mastery of painting, printmaking and draftsmanship. During his lifetime, the Dutch artist earned the reputation of being the greatest etcher in history.

Rembrandt’s “Jan Antonides van der Linden, Physician” is the artist’s last-known etching, created four years before his death. The image was intended to be used for the frontispiece (an illustration facing the title page of a book) of an edition of writings by Hippocrates. The publisher rejected it, as they required an engraving instead of an etching.


Francisco Goya (1773-1812)

"Se aprovechan" (They make use of them), (1810-1820), Francisco Goya Park West Gallery

Se aprovechan” (They make use of them), (1810-1820), Francisco Goya. Delteil 135; Harris 136

Goya is classified as the last of the Old Masters – skilled artists who worked in Europe before 1800 – and the first of the modern artists. The Spanish romantic painter and printmaker is considered the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He worked as a court painter for Spanish royalty.

Goya suffered from an unknown disease in 1792 that left him deaf. Following this, his artwork became bleak and dark. This theme carried into his collection of 82 prints, “The Disasters of War.” The collection represents his visualization of, and protests against, the atrocities of war in the early 1800s. “Se aprovechan” (They Make Use of Them) shows one such horror – soldiers stripping the dead of clothing.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

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Faune Devoilant une Femme” by Pablo Picasso.

Picasso is one of the most renowned artists in the world. The Spanish artist is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, having co-founded important movements like Cubism and also the medium of collage, and contributing to the development of mediums such as painting, sculpting and printmaking.

Faune Devoilant une Femme” (The Faun Unveiling a Woman) is part of the Vollard Suite, a collection of 100 etchings by Picasso. This etching is the largest and one of the most celebrated of the Vollard works. The imagery is based on Rembrandt’s etching, “Jupiter and Antiope,” which was inspired by the myth about the Roman god Jupiter’s seduction of a princess. The artwork is said to be Picasso’s acknowledgement of the end of his passionate relationship with Marie-Thérèse Walter.


Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Chagall, Marc (after) Femme de Cirque 1960 Park West Gallery

Femme de Cirque” (1960), Marc Chagall (after)

Chagall created artwork in nearly every format, and is a pioneer of modern art who revolutionized the medium of lithography. The Russian-French artist is counted as one of the most significant Jewish artists of the 20th century.

Park West Gallery’s Holiday Sale features a colorful Chagall lithograph titled “Femme de Cirque” (Circus Woman). Chagall once wrote: “Circus! A magical word, a centuries old entertainment parading before us, in which a tear, a smile, a gesture of arm or leg takes on the quality of great art.” This artwork depicts that sentiment by featuring a female acrobat holding her balance atop a bucking goat.

Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire (Those who say things without saying) 1975-76 Cr. 99 Marc Chagall Park West Gallery

Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire” (Those who say things without saying), (1975-76), Marc Chagall. Cr. 99

The second work is an etching, titled, “Celui qui dit les choses sans rien dire” (Those who say things without saying), originating from Chagall’s suite of 25 images that visualize the words of French poet Louis Aragon, a founding member of the Surrealist movement.


Joan Miró (1893-1983)

"Ronde Nuit" (Night Watch), (1970), Joan Miro. M. 672; C. books 134 Park West Gallery

Ronde Nuit” (Night Watch), (1970), Joan Miro. M. 672; C. books 134

Andre Breton, a founder of Surrealism, called Miró “the most Surrealist of us all.” Miró earned international acclaim for his re-creation of the childlike mindset in his art. The Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist developed his style based on Catalan folk art, using organic forms, flattened planes and sharp lines.

The above color lithograph, “Ronde Nuit” (Night Watch), is taken from a catalog for an exposition of Miró sculptures. The artwork may be referencing Rembrandt’s famous painting, “The Night Watch.” With its abstract forms, one can find multiple interpretations of “Rone Nuit.” For example, the black and red shape on the right could be a night watchman armed with a crossbow.


Marcel Mouly (1918-2008)

Mouly, Marcel Le Compotier Rouge 1978 Park West Gallery

Le Compotier Rouge” (1978), Marcel Mouly

The boldly-colored, semi-abstract art of French artist Mouly is found in the permanent collections of over 20 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. He studied with masters of modern art, including Picasso and Chagall, earning a reputation as one of the most important artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Park West Gallery offers the chance to own a unique oil painting by Mouly, “Le Compotier Rouge” (translated literally to be “The Red Fruit Dish”). When examining the painting, it is apparent Mouly was deeply influenced by Picasso’s Cubism and Henri Matisse’s Fauvism. Mouly’s connection to the leaders of modern art is even more apparent when one discovers that his art was shown alongside art by Matisse in Paris in 1945.

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An Introduction to Picasso’s ‘Suite Vollard’ [Video]

“Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite” is on view at the British Museum through September 2. In the following clip, exhibition curator Stephen Coppel presents an excellent introduction to the “Suite Vollard,” one of Picasso’s most important sets of etchings.

The Park West Gallery collection of “Suite Vollard” etchings ranks among the world’s largest. Learn more at
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The British Museum Becomes First to Publicly Display Picasso’s ‘Suite Vollard’ in its Entirety

LONDON, England – Between May 3 and September 2 of this year, the British Museum is displaying Pablo Picasso’s “Suite Vollard in its entirety, free to the public. The suite, consisting of 97 etchings and 3 portraits named after dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard, was engraved between 1930 and 1937 and is viewable in room 90 of the museum. This is the first time the set has been publicly unified for exhibition.

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In 1930, Ambroise Vollard commissioned Picasso to engrave 100 plates in exchange for paintings by Cézanne and Renoir. The Vollard Suite portrays five major themes, engraved over the course of seven years. Picasso’s personal interests are evident throughout the Suite, heavily inspired by his travels to Rome, his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter and his reaction to the political state of Europe in the 1930s. The Suite is also a wonderful precursor to his infamous response to the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica, producing one of Picasso’s most recognizable works of all time.

The five themes – The Battle of Love, the Sculptor’s Studio, Rembrandt, The Minotaur, and the Portraits of Vollard – at first seem disconnected (the suite was not conceived as one thematic collection), but upon viewing the suite in its entirety one senses a unifying tone throughout.

The engravings were finally completed in 1937 and by 1939, master print-maker Roger Lacourière had printed 230 full sets. When Vollard was abruptly killed in a car crash in 1939 and World War II broke out, the distribution of Picasso’s “Suite Vollard” was put on hold. They remained in a warehouse until Henri Petiet acquired them when he purchased the estate of Ambroise Vollard. The complete set in the British Museum was purchased directly from Petiet’s heirs.

Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery, Albert Scaglione, recalls his time spent with Henri Petiet:

“I remember the first time I ever saw the Picasso etching ‘Femme assise et Femme de Dos.’ It was 1974 and I was in Paris in the apartment of Henri Petiet, the extraordinary art dealer. It was during one of those wonderful afternoons I spent with him that I watched in amazement when he took an entire ‘Suite Vollard’ (all 100 original works) and, like a deck of cards, spread them out across the piano he used as a table for viewing art. Although I collected my first Picasso in the ‘60s, it wasn’t until I met Henri Petiet that my Picasso collecting changed from a pastime to a passion.”

In June of 2004, Park West Gallery purchased an extremely rare complete set of the 100 Picasso etchings, aquatints and drypoints of the “Suite Vollard” from Christie’s, London. All 100 works in the collection were hand-signed in pencil by Picasso.

The Park West Gallery Collection includes examples from each of the major themes of the Suite, hand-signed in pencil (only 313 examples of each etching exist, with only some being hand-signed.) The cancelled plates are in the Musée Picasso in Paris.

Since their creation by Picasso during the 1930s, the etchings, aquatints, and drypoints from the “Suite Vollard” have been regarded as one of Picasso’s greatest graphic achievements. The beauty of the neo-classic imagery, combined with the unique historic importance of the works, published by the famed art dealer Ambroise Vollard, has made these works consistently desirable to collectors. The works are also featured in major museum collections and exhibitions, books on Picasso’s works and books on the art of etching.

Also drawing excitement in the realm of Picasso is Venice’s Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti’s exhibition entitled, “Picasso and Vollard — the Genius and the Dealer,” specifically focused on the collaboration between Picasso and Vollard. Select works from the “Suite Vollard” and other Picasso engravings will be on display until July 8.

For more information on the Park West Gallery Picasso Collection, please visit

Park West Gallery CEO on Sydney University’s Fundraising Picasso Sale [Podcast]

Founded in 1969, Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Picasso graphic works internationally. Learn more about our collection at

jeune-fille-endormie-pablo-picasso, albert scaglione, park west galleryJeune fille endormie (1935) by Pablo Picasso.

University of Sydney
researchers are hoping to change the lives of many currently facing health challenges, thanks to last week’s £13.5 million ($20.6 million USD) sale of a rarely seen Pablo Picasso masterpiece.

The 1935 painting, Jeune fille endormie (or Young girl asleep), was anonymously donated to the University in 2010 on the condition that it would be sold and all the proceeds directed to scientific research. 

The work is an intimate portrait of the artist’s French mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, who is the subject of many celebrated paintings by Picasso.

Park West Gallery CEO and founder Albert Scaglione recently spoke to 1240 WJIM to provide expert insight into this recent art world news headline.

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Artist Birthdays, October 25 – Pablo Picasso

PABLO PICASSO (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973)

  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Field: Painting, sculpture, printmaking
  • Art Movement: Cubism
  • ARTiFact: In Picasso’s artistic life, lasting more than 75 years, he created tens of thousands of works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, original lithographs, etchings, linoleum cuts and ceramics.
  • Art Quote: “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso

Artwork selections from the Park West Gallery Pablo Picasso collection are available for purchase through Park West Gallery and our cruise art auctions at sea. Learn more at the Park West Gallery/Picasso Fine Art Collection.


Largest Ever Picasso Canvas Goes on Display

Deux Femmes Courant sur la Plage, Pablo PicassoA V&A employee admires Pablo Picasso’s front cloth designed for the Ballets Russes 1924 performance of “Le Train Bleu.” [Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images]

On Thursday, a rarely seen Pablo Picasso work was hung at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. In fact, the gigantic canvas has spent most of the last 80 years rolled up in storage.

The piece measures 34′ x 38′, qualifying it as the largest painting ever designed by Picasso. It was purchased by the museum in 1969 and will be the star of a retrospective opening this fall—Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929. According to the V&A, the exhibit will examine the origins, development and long-term influence of the Russian Ballet, to celebrate their first seasons in Europe a hundred years ago.

Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929), founder of the Russian Ballet company, saw Picasso’s much smaller painting, Deux Femmes Courant sur la Plage (currently in the Musée Picasso in Paris), and wanted to use the image on a curtain for a performance of the ballet Le Train Bleu. The canvas was finished by seven other artists, and Picasso was so impressed with their work that he signed and dedicated the piece to Diaghilev.



Victoria & Albert Museum, London
September 25, 2010 – January 9, 2011
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Are You More Like Picasso, or Degas?

This summer, the Clark museum in Massachusetts is hosting an exhibition exploring Pablo Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the work and life of Edgar Degas. The museum has developed a microsite for the show—Picasso Looks at Degas—which has a fun little quiz that asks: Are you more like Picasso? Or Degas? Or are you a blend of both artists? Take the quiz below and leave a comment to let us know if you agree with your results!

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The Clark
June 13 – September 12, 2010

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Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Picasso graphic works internationally. Our current collection, both archived and actively offered, includes over one thousand five hundred works, including drawings and mixed media unique works, etchings, aquatints, linoleum cuts, lithographs, and ceramics, all rigorously authenticated, guaranteed and selected based on the highest quality and value. Learn more

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Picasso Peace and Freedom at Tate Liverpool

Pablo Picasso, Tate Liverpool, Park West GalleryPablo Picasso’s The Charnel House (1944-45). ©Succession Picasso/DACS 2009. Photo: ©2009 Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art NY/Scala, Florence.

UK—Picasso: Peace and Freedom is currently on view through August 30, 2010 at Tate Liverpool. This major exhibition brings together over 150 works by Pablo Picasso from across the world.

From the museum website:

This exhibition will reveal a fascinating new insight into the artist’s life as a tireless political activist and campaigner for peace, challenging the widely held view of Picasso as creative genius, playboy and compulsive extrovert.

This is the first exhibition to examine in depth the artist’s engagement with politics and the Peace Movement, and will reflect a new Picasso for a new time. The exhibition provides a timely look at Picasso’s work in the Cold War era and how the artist transcended the ideological and aesthetic oppositions of East and West.

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Park West Gallery has become one of the longest running and largest dealers of Picasso graphic works internationally. Our current collection, both archived and actively offered, includes over one thousand five hundred works, including drawings and mixed media unique works, etchings, aquatints, linoleum cuts, lithographs, and ceramics, all rigorously authenticated, guaranteed and selected based on the highest quality and value.

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