Pablo Picasso, ‘Buste modern style (Modern Style Bust)’, 1949, Phillips

Signed in black ink and numbered 44/50 in pencil in the upper left margin (there were also 5 artist's proofs), framed.

From the Catalogue:
Fernand Mourlot referred to this image and Buste au fond étoilé (M. 163) as "au point de vue métier une réussite remarquable (a high quality piece with remarkable success)". This was probably in reference to a new brush technique using lavis and gouache on lithograph paper then blotted onto the stone.

"We're all animals, more or less," he said, "and about three-quarters of the human race look like animals. But you don't. You're like a growing plant and I'd been wondering how I could get across the idea that you belong to the vegetable kingdom rather than the animal. I've never felt impelled to portray anyone else this way. It's strange, isn't it? I think it's just right, though. It represents you."

Picasso to Francoise Gilot in Life with Picasso, Francoise Gilot and Carlton Lake, 1964, p. 119
Courtesy of Phillips

George Bloch 595
Fernand Mourlot 164
Felix Reuße 479

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