Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeunesse’, 1950, Skinner
Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeunesse’, 1950, Skinner
Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeunesse’, 1950, Skinner
Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeunesse’, 1950, Skinner
Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeunesse’, 1950, Skinner
Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeunesse’, 1950, Skinner
Pablo Picasso, ‘Jeunesse’, 1950, Skinner

First state of two (Bloch, 675).
Image Size: 19.875 x 25.625 in. (50.4 x 65.0 cm), framed.

A photocopy of the invoice accompanies the lot, as does a certificate from Editions Mourlot. There is confusion as to whether there were in fact two states of this work or three (see Gauss, 543-545, for more information), but the state presented here is the one made before the Editioned state of 50.

Signature: Signed and dated "Picasso 23Mai50" within the matrix, inscribed "188 1e etat" in pencil on the reverse.

Publisher: (Bloch, 675)

Fernand Mourlot/Archives of the Atelier Mourlot, Paris, to Eric Mourlot, Boston; purchased from Fletcher/Priest Gallery, Worcester, 1994, by a private Massachusetts collector.

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