Pablo Picasso, ‘Les deux tourterelles II’, 1946, Thomas French Fine Art

Edition: 25 in yellow, plus six Mourlot proofs (see M49 and 51); This a trial proof: "Variante" printed in black; One of one or two impressions in black. Very rare.

Signature: Signature stamp lower right; Annotated in pencil lower left: "variante en noir"

Publisher: Mourlot

Bloch 406

Mourlot 50

Inventory number verso: 47721 (recorded in the Picasso Archives, Paris).

Pablo Picasso

Marina Picasso Collection (her oval stamp verso)

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