Strolling Player With Child Reproductions

The original painting

The original is in the Osaka National Museum of Art in Japan. Picasso sold art to Michael and Sarah Stein, brother and sister-in-law to the more famous Gertrude Stein, when they were introduced in Paris in 1905; this was one of the first pieces that they bought making it an early sale for Picasso. The original work was done in 1905. Exact date of sale to the Steins is unknown, but it returned with them in 1935 when they left Paris to return home in San Francisco (actually they lived in Palo Alto). It was eventually sold to the Osaka National Museum in Japan. In 2011, the Osaka loaned it to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of “The Steins Collect” exhibition that featured many of the works collected by the entire Stein family during their avant-garde years in Paris.

The original was a gauche and pastel on cardboard. The Blog post at http://www.pablopicassoclub.com/picassos-strolling-player-with-child-214.html gives a more complete discussion of the work.

Reproductions

Most people think that the date is “1909″ but if you look closely, you will see that the second “9″ is actually a “5″.

Value of high quality prints is unknown at this time because no-one knows how many are are out there, where they were made, and who the colorist was that made them. Prints can be valuable depending upon the relationship that the print has to the original artist and the quality of work by the printmaker. For instance, Rembrandt and Goya were prolific printmakers (famous for etchings and aquatint respectively). They are very valuable even though they are prints. I have a couple of collections of around 15 prints that has a total value of around $15,000 with valuations ranging from a $50 to $5,000. Thus, prints can be valuable. And they don’t have to be old to be valuable. One of my more valuable prints is actually a silk-screen, Filmore Rock poster from 1966.

But with this print, there is much that is unknown and thus valuation is unknown.

Because I have one of these prints, I’m very interested in it. I have no idea of when, where, and by whom they were made. There is one data point that suggests that they were produced prior to 1950, but it could be earlier than that? We know that they have some age to them. Close examination shows that they are very high quality and were created by hand on very high quality paper.

Estimating the value of a print

Regarding your print, does your print have margins (i.e., extra white space on the paper that runs along the sides)? There are two known instances reported that have been trimmed tight. Any information about the print helps understand what it actually is and thus what it might be worth.

If the print is on masonite, is the paper attached to the masonite? That is, is it glued? If it is, it will have a negative impact on valuation.

Is the print resting directly on the glass or is it lifted of by a mat or some other mechanism (it should be for direct glass contact is not a good thing).

So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.

7 Comments:

  • Vale: Are there many reproductions of this print? When you say that you have prints of varying values, what is the difference between the one worth $50 and the one worth $5000?
  • Adrianne: I have this print it is on cardboard and framed. On the back it says Holman’s Print Shop Boston. Two Harlequins, Color reproduction
  • Louise: Hi I have strolling player with a child of Picasso reproduction I feel . It’s on cardboard painted I live in Brooklyn NY . Found it in a basement
    Where I live . How do I find out if it is worth anything .
  • pablon: The original is on cardboard and the reproductions captured that in the repo mechanism. There are two sizes a smaller one and the one that is the same size as the original. I don’t recall the measurements but they are in the post.
    They are not worth a lot because Picasso did not have a hand in the making of them. I would say that the smaller is worth maybe $75 and the larger maybe $300 without the frame. Often the frame can be worth more than the print. But my estimate is just a guess.
  • Louise: Mine has a frame & looks exactly like the one above
    Large size that should be . Where can I sell this what can you recommend . I live in Brooklyn ny also coconut creek Fl .
    Thank you
  • Louise: Sorry did not finish :
    it does not have a mat but has a frame in good wood. The only thing it does have some little white spots on it where paint came off like the one above on right side of the man. No glass on it .
    In my room when I turn off the lights u can’t see anything but when I put lights on it it looks bright to its color . It’s really amazing .
    My question to you should I see a auction place to find out how much it is worth ? Or do you know any places in Brooklyn New York or in Pompano Florida that I can go to ?
    Thank you again Pablon

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