Pablo Picasso, ‘Daseuse’, 1954, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Edition: Besides the large unsigned edition (ours) there was also a signed and numbered edition of 50 and an additional 5 artists proofs.
This lithograph is from the volume " Le Ballet" by Boris Kochno, published in 1954 (Paris: Hachette) . The author was the personal assistant of Serge Diaghilev. Picasso met him in about 1921 when he began working with the ballet Russes to design the decor for the ballet “Cuadro Flamenco”. In the same year Picasso made two portraits of Kochno which are now in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Kochno stayed working with Diaghilev until the latter's death in 1929 and between 1945 and 1951 he was in charge of the Ballets des Champs Elysees. For the book Picasso made this lithograph which represents a woman dancing.

Signature: printed signature

Publisher: Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, Frances

Cramer 68 , Mourlot 259 , Bloch 767, Bloch Books 67, Bridel 37, Picasso Project 259, Mourlot Sale 1994 Lot 189.

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