Pablo Picasso, ‘La Femme au Fauteuil’, 1947, New River Fine Art

This original lithograph, La Femme au Fauteuil, 16.2.1947 (Woman in the Armchair) was created February 16, 1947 and so dated in the lithographic stone. Printed on Arches paper, it is numbered from the edition of 50 and signed in red crayon.

“Femme au Fauteuil” is considered to be one of Picasso’s graphic masterpieces in lithography. Francoise Gilot, Picasso's lover at the time, modeled for the work the same year her son Clause was born. Created in 6 colors that Picasso specified in writing at the bottom of the page: "vert Rouge bleu violet, jaune (super scribed 'violet'), noir", he created various proofs of this image adding colors successively until the image as shown here was created. It marks one of Picasso's most significant experiments using color in printmaking to date and is widely considered to still be one of his most colorful and beautiful lithographs

This image was created in an edition of 50, of which this one is numbered 46. In late 1948 and early 1949 Picasso created a series of lithographs for which this image was the basis.

Signature: Signed, lower right

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