Pablo Picasso, ‘Bust with Check-Cloth Bodice - Jacqueline ’, 1957, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Picasso met Jacqueline at Perpignan during the summer of 1953. In the autumn of the following year, Picasso and Jacqueline began to live together. Just as with Marie-Thérèse Walter, the other great love in Picasso’s life, so Jacqueline quickly became present in all the artist’s work. Like Marie-Thérèse, Jacqueline, little by little, began to haunt the artist’s hand whether he drew, painted, cut sheet metal, modeled clay or decorated pottery. And she became ever present in his prints.

Series: A superb impression of the first state of two of this subject, from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil lower left (there were six additional proofs reserved for the artist and the printer, for an overall edition of 56 [there was a similar edition of the second state also issued]).  Published and printed by Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris. 

Signature: Hand-signed in red crayon lower right Picasso, dated on the plate upper right “18.12.57” (in reverse). 

Publisher: Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris. 

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France