Pablo Picasso, ‘Jacqueline de profil à droite’, 1958, Christie's

Signed in pencil, a proof aside from the edition of fifty (there were six proofs for the artist and painter), the full sheet, with deckle edges above and below, generally in very good condition, framed.
Image 560 x 440 mm., Sheet 657 x 500 mm

From the Catalogue:
This portrait of Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife and muse, belongs to a series of six lithographic portraits made between December 1957 and December 1958. Picasso developed the image through three states, beginning with a somewhat prosaic profile in which Jacqueline is presented with her hair in a chignon on a light ground, then extensively re-working the plate with tusche wash to create the view of her in three-quarter profile with her hair falling on her shoulders on a dark background. Using a knife he scraped a network of highlights into the stone which delineate the figure. The effect is of a nocturnal scene in which Jacqueline’s elegant features appear lit by a lamp or a candle.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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Bloch 854; Mourlot 310

With Galeria Estiarte, Madrid.

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