Pablo Picasso, ‘Figure Composee I’, 1949, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the “Arches” script watermark

Hand-signed in black crayon lower right Picasso, dated on the stone upper left “8.3.49”.

A superb impression of Mourlot’s only state, from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil lower left (there were six additional proofs reserved for the artist and printer, for an overall edition of 56). Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 596; Mourlot 165; Gauss/Reusse 480; Güse/Rau 446; Picasso Project 165.

In excellent condition, printed on a full sheet.

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