Pablo Picasso, ‘Head of a Woman’, 1945, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper bearing a portion of the “Arches” script watermark. Dated on the stone lower left 2.11.45 (the date of completion of the first state).

A superb impression of Mourlot and the Picasso Project’s second and final state, from the numbered edition of 50, numbered in pencil lower right. Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 384; Mourlot 4 ii/ii; Güse/Rau 35; Reusse 38; Picasso Project 4 State 2.

Signature: Hand-signed in red crayon lower left.

Publisher: Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.

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