A fine impression of the definitive state from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil lower left (there were five additional artist's proofs and one printer's proof, for an overall edition of 56). Hand-signed in pencil lower right Picasso. Catalogue reference: Bloch 729; Mourlot 231; Rau 565; Reusse 616. January 3, 1953.The years 1947 through the next decade were a moment of supreme achievement in Picasso’s graphic work in lithography. He had drawn his first lithographs in the 1920’s but in the late 1940’s he returned to work at the Mourlot studio. He was immediately deeply enthused by the extreme range of tones, textures and types of line that he learned at the studio, inventing for himself totally new variations in methods of working the stone. He seemed to approach each image with fresh eyes, rethinking all the accepted ideas and creating completely new visual effects. It was a period of the greatest genius in his art.
This work is part of a carefully curated selection by noted fine art expert Jennifer McCloskey, who was formerly affiliated with Doyle Gallery in New York and is now based in San Francisco.