Pablo Picasso, ‘Femme Faisant la Sieste, Entouree de Spectateurs, from the 347 Series, 10 June, 1968, Mougins’, 1968, Dawson Cole Fine Art

The 347 Series of Picasso remains an emblematic achievement in print history. The series consists of 347 prints, realized in seven months, between March 16 and October 5, 1968. In this series, Picasso created a larger than life human comedy, revisiting his favorite themes: the circus, the abduction, the embrace and the artist's studio, where all his favorite and familiar characters reappear in various situations. The series was originally intended as illustrations for Fernando deRoja's 1499 novel "La Célestine" depicting the life of an aging procuress, however they quickly outgrew the novel and came to encompass Picasso's own life and experiences and went on to record Picasso's reactions to works by earlier masters (Rembrandt, Degas, Velázquez, and Goya).

Signature: Signed with atelier stamp lower right and annotated in pencil lower left

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