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Pablo Picasso
Paris, spring 1908
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Valentine Gallery

This Valentine Gallery stamp appears on the backboard of Picasso’s gouache, Landscape (1908)in the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection. One of the leading New York galleries of its day (1926–47), the Valentine Gallery, run by Valentine Dudensing (1892–1967), specialized in recent output by the School of Paris painters. Dudensing purchased Landscape for $550 at the January 1944 sale of the collection of the Philadelphia lawyer and former assistant district attorney, Maurice J. Speiser (1880–1948). From the same sale, Dudensing also acquired Gris’s Violin and Playing Cards on a Table (1913; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996.403.14) for $1,000. The highest price was paid for Amedeo Modigliani’s The Boy (1919; Indianapolis Museum of Art), which sold for $4,900. The stretcher of the Gris has an identical Valentine Gallery stamp.

For more information, see:

Boddewyn, Julia May. "Index of Historic Collectors and Dealers of Cubism: Valentine Gallery.” In Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000– . (January 2015)

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