Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Portraitiste ’, 1966, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Printed by: Crommelynck Freres, France
Note: In 1959 the brothers Crommelynck opened their printing atelier in the rue de Gergovie, Paris. They had been working in the Atelier of Roger Lacourier since they were both 17 years old and that it where they met Pablo Picasso. Their new business was an instant commercial success and they worked with a number of very well known artists such as André Masson, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Arp, Tal Coat, Zao Wou-ki, Hans Hartung, and Joan Miró. In 1963 Aldo and Piero moved to Mouguins in the South of France where they worked with Picasso until his death in 1973. After Picasso’s death the brothers returned to Paris before going their separate ways in 1985. In 1986 Aldo opened an Atelier in New York with the famous dealer, Daniel Wildenstein where he worked with artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruska and Keith Haring. This proof is dedicated to Aldo Crommelynck and doubtless comes from his private collection. It is an interesting item.

Signature: signed by the artist in pencil and dedicated “pour Aldo Crommelynck”

Publisher: Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris

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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