Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Seigneur et la Dame’, 1959, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

This work was published , in 1972, to be included in the book “Souvenirs et portraits d’artists” by Fernand Mourlot. The work is a memoir by the famous Master Printer written between 1967 and 1969. He tells of first beginnings of his printing shop and his encounters with famous artists such as Maurice Brianchon; Andre Masson; Andre Baudin; Apel; Maurice Esteve; Henri Matisse; Paul Guiramand; Kostia Terechkovitch; Georges Braque; Andre Derain; Pablo Picasso; Paul Jenkins; Joan Miro; Jean Cocteau; Andre Minaux; Jacques Villon; Marc Chagall; Alberto Giacometti; Bernard Buffet; Paul Wunderlich; Paul Delvaux; Victor Vasarely; Alfred Manessier; Charles Lapicque and Graham Sutherland. The book is illustrated with original lithographs of which ours is an example. The work illustrates the humour of the artist showing a comical fat Lady with her dog and wry smile in conversation with a Lord wearing sunglasses and carrying a rapier. Partly it harps back to the Renaissance, partly to the modern world.

Publisher: Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, France

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Raisonné des livre Illustres. Geneva: Patrick Cramer. 1983. (Cramer 153)
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Illustrated Books. Geneva: Patrick Cramer. 1983. (Cramer 153)
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1949-1964. (Mourlot 322)
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Mourlot Sale 2003 - Lot 308
Mourlot Sale 1994 : Lot 244

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