Pablo Picasso, ‘Le peintre et son modèle (The Painter and his Model)’, 1954, Phillips

Image: 19 1/2 x 25 in. (49.5 x 63.5 cm)
Sheet: 22 1/2 x 30 in. (57.2 x 76.2 cm)

An unrecorded proof printed in olive, black and yellow, aside from the numbered edition of 50 (there were also 5 artist's proofs), initialed by Fernand Mourlot and numbered 3/6 in pencil on the reverse, with the Marina Picasso inkstamp on the reverse, unframed.

see Georges Bloch 765
see Fernand Mourlot 262
Felix Reuße 654

Marina Picasso inkstamp on the reverse (Lugt 3698)
Sotheby's, New York, Picasso Through the Eyes of a Connoisseur, November 3, 2014, lot 52
Private Collection

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