Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeune Homme Présentant un Miroir ou un Portrait, A Une Femme’, 1968, Galerie d'Orsay

Translated title: Young Man Presenting a Mirror or a Portrait to a Young Woman. Image size: 16 5/16 x 12 1/4 inches ; Sheet size: 22 13/16 x 17 3/4 inches. In excellent condition, printed on a sheet with full margins. Bloch 1499; Baer 1515 B.b.1; Picasso Project 1499. A superb impression of Baer's second and final state, from the edition of 50 printed after the steelfacing of the plate, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (there were 17 additional impressions designated artist's proofs, for an overall edition of 67). Plate 19 from the series 347 Gravures. Published by the Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed at Atelier Crommelynck. Towards the end of his life, in a now famous example of late creative outpouring, Picasso returned to etching as an image-making process after a lapse of some years. And he did so with a vengeance. Between 16 March and 5 October 1968 - a period of a little more than six months - Picasso, then in his late eighties, produced a total of 347 prints. These went on to become known as the famous 347 Gravures, the largest print series of his career. The series revived many motifs from Picasso's entire career including the bullfight, the circus, the theater, the Commedia dell'Arte, themes from Spanish literature (eg. a group of prints based on Fernando de Roja's Le Celestina of 1499), themes from European painting including subjects inspired by El Greco, Goya, Titian, Poussin, Füssli, Degas, Ingres, Rembrandt and others. The series is also technically a tour de force, a collaboration with the printers Piero and Aldo Crommelynck in their workshop in Mougins, breaking many of the established rules of what supposedly could and couldn't be done in etching. Edition number: 38/50.

Signature: Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Picasso, dated in the plate upper right “6.4.68.III” (in reverse).

Publisher: Published by the 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