Pablo Picasso
November 29, 1932

An original Pablo Picasso Etching.

(Bathers at the Swimming Pool)

November 29, 1932

Original etching printed in black ink on thin white laid paper.

Signed with the artist’s estate stamp signature in the margin lower right.

A richly printed impression of Geiser/Baer’s only state, with consistent plate tone throughout From the edition of 50, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (there were 19 additional artist’s proofs numbered in Roman numerals, and three unsigned and unnumbered proofs in this edition). One of 45 plates from the Caisse a Remourds suite.

Catalog: Bloch 242; Geiser 270.B.b.1

Platemark: 9 x 7 7/16 inches Sheet: 17 5/8 x 12 7/8 inches


Picasso made no prints during the summer of 1932, but at the end of November and the beginning of December in Paris he revisited the theme of bathing women that he had explored in a series of paintings during that summer, this time on zinc and copper plates. The result was some twenty small images. Here there is a difference with the woman of the canvases: surrounded by curious, even monstrous shapes, Marie-Therese is always there, always beautiful. Although some of the women at the beach remind us of those individuals obsessed by the sea in summer, these beach scenes could also be a response to the austerity of winter, to Picasso’s renewed conjugal existence, to a desire for freedom, nature and fresh air.