Suite Vollard


Colecciones Fundación MAPFRE


30.05 / 11.09.19

Palácio das Artes


Edward Quinn
Portrait of Pablo Picasso
Vallaurius, France - March 23rd 1953
© Succession Picasso 2019

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles he helped develop and explore.

Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces during the Spanish Civil War.

His work

Picasso's work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal period. Much of Picasso's work of the late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism. His later work often combines elements of his earlier styles.


Pablo Picasso
Femme nue assise, la Tête appuyée sur la Main [Seated nude]
March 9, 1934
Burin/ Montval laid paper
Fundación MAPFRE’s Collections
© Succession Picasso 2019

Suite Vollard

Colecciones Fundacion MAPFRE

Paris, 1930-1937

100 etchings made with different techniques on Montval paper with watermark

Ambroise Vollard dans son bureau avec son chat
Paris, 1934
Épreuve gélatino-argentique
Collection particulière
© RMN – Grand Palais / Michèle Bellot
© Estate Brassaï – RMN – Grand Palais

Commissioned by the art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard, Pablo Picasso made one hundred etchings between 13 September 1930 and March 1937, which passed into the history of art under the name Suite Vollard.
The set of 100 etchings appeared in 1939 in two formats, one large (760 x 500 mm) on vellum paper signed by the artist in red or black pencil, with 50 prints per plate, and another print run of 250 copies in a smaller format (445 x 340 mm) on Montval glazed paper with the watermark “Vollard” or “Picasso”.
This second format is now scattered as loose sheets in various private and public collections, and only some of these sets, such as the MAPFRE FOUNDATION, are complete. The complicated history of the origin of the work, its thematic variety and technical diversity, where different composition styles combine: chisel, etching, aquatint, gouache and drypoint, and even combinations of these - although complete collections are now rare - encouraged the popularity and dispersion of the prints. Due to this, Suite Vollard  is one of the most important historic and artistic testimonials of the 20th century.
The complete series includes three Portraits of Vollard, five etchings on the theme The battle of love - also called Rape - and made in 1933, forty-six etchings on The sculptor's studio (forty engraved between 20 March and 5 May 1933, and six between January and March 1934), four etchings on Rembrandt (made between 27 and 31 July 1934), fifteen etchings on The minotaur and The blind minotaur (made between 17 May and 18 June and between 22 September and 22 October 1933) and twenty-seven compositions on Free themes. The engravings do not follow any logical sequence in their images, their chronology being due more to external events and the artist's personal life.
Suite Vollard fully shows Picasso's dialectic, oscillating between order and violence, classicism and modernity. Most of the themes that appear on the plates have been present in his work, but when he returns to them, he transforms them, giving them a fuller meaning.


The ticket price is 10 euros and includes one glass of Port at the end, courtesy of Taylor's Port.

Students, with a valid student card, will have a discount of 50% and the exhibition is free for children under 12 years old.


Palácio das Artes, Porto
Largo São Domingos 19, 4050-265 Porto

Opening Hours

10am to 8pm,

May 30: closes at 5pm

Time needed to visit the exhibition: 1h-1h30

© Succession Picasso 2019