Pablo Picasso, ‘Football’, 1961, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original lithograph printed in five colors (black, blue, red, green, yellow) on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES” block letter watermark

Hand-signed in pencil lower right Picasso, dated on the stone lower left.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 200, numbered in pencil lower left. Commissioned and published by the Nice newspaper Le Patriot, printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch, 1019; Mourlot 356; Rau 721; Reusse 800; Picasso Project 356.

Sheet Size: 21 7/8 x 29 7/8 inches

In excellent condition, with strong, fresh colors, 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