Pablo Picasso, ‘Buste de Femme au Fichu. Girl in a Scarf. Portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter.’, 1939, William Weston Gallery Ltd.

One of only six existing impressions before the steel-facing of the plate and printed at the studio of Roger Lacourière in 1942. (There are probably no impressions dating from 1939). Extremely rare in proof form as here.
Subsequently in 1948 and 1961 impressions were printed from the steel-faced plate; those in 1961 - edition of 69 - were issued in 1980 with a stamp signature).
Note: It is only in the very few impressions, as here, printed before the plate was 'steel-faced' (in 1948) that all the subtlety and tonal sensitivity of Picasso's extraordinary inspiration in the aquatint medium can really be appreciated. This is very apparent in a close study of the tonal variations in the modelling of the face. Note how Picasso's fingerprints are visible in the background.
Superb rich proof impression. On pale cream wove Montval paper, watermarked Vollard. Superb condition. Full margins.

Baer - Picasso Peintre Graveur no 672. This impression cited as ‘b no 4’.

Joe R. and Tery Long Collection, USA.

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