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Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme au fauteuil (d'après le noir) (The Armchair Woman, from the black)’, 1948, Phillips

Image: 27 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (69.9 x 54.6 cm)
Sheet: 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm)

A rare proof impression of the third state (of six), initialed in pencil by the printer Fernand Mourlot and annotated 'Epreuve d'Exposition' on the reverse, inscribed '138, 3E' on the reverse and in the lower center margin on the front, one of six proofs reserved for the artist and printer (there was no edition of this state), framed.

From the Catalogue:
The original intention of The Armchair Woman series was to have been a complex five color lithograph (fig. right), but surprisingly for Picasso, it became a failed experiment. Instead of abandoning the project, he found each of the five plates much more interesting on their own. He began to work on each plate separately—reworking some plates, transferring and continuing to rework others. The result was more than 25 varying images—his most ambitious and boldest lithographs. This image is from the black plate of the color litho. and is the third image of six he reworked from this plate.
Courtesy of Phillips

Fernand Mourlot 138
not in Georges Bloch
Felix Reuße 428

Christie's, London, Important Old Master and Modern Prints, June 29, 1989, lot 469

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