Pablo Picasso, ‘Les Trois Graces Couronnees de Fleurs’, 1938, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Les Trois Graces Couronnees de Fleurs’, 1938, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Les Trois Graces Couronnees de Fleurs’, 1938, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Les Trois Graces Couronnees de Fleurs’, 1938, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

This work was engraved by the artist in 1938 and several trial proofs were made on various papers at the time but an edition was not made. In 1960 Louis Leiris published the third state of the print in an edition 50 with 15 artists proofs. The copper was cancelled in 1979 and proofs from the cancelled copper were made by Crommrlynck.
In terms of style many consider the 1930’s to be Picasso’s best decade for making prints. There are also precious few prints in this archetypal 'thirties style'. In fact, there are only three: Bloch 301 - cf. Le combat dans l'arène III -, Bloch 317 - cf. Tête de femme (Paul Eluard, Solidarité) -, and this print Les trois Grâces couronnées de fleurs . This Followed on the heels of several other nice prints of the subject of three women (or the Three Graces) which Picasso visited sporadically starting in the early 1920's, this print is considered the best of all of these. The plate still exists of this work.
Printed by: Frelaut, Paris

Signature: signed in pencil

Publisher: Galerie Louise Leiris, 1960

Public Collections: Musee Picasso, Paris

Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié, 4 vol. Berne: Kornfeld and Klipstein. 1968-1979. (Bloch 303)
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Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2018. (38:032)
Bernadac, Marie-Laure, Michèle Richet, Hélène Seckel. [MP.87] (MPP) Musée Picasso: Catalogue sommaire des collections, II, Dessins, Aquarelles, Gouaches, Pastels. Paris: Réunion Des Musées Nationaux. 1987. (2777)
Baldassari, Anne. Picasso - Life with Dora Maar: Love and War 1935-1945 (Musée Picasso, Paris, 15 février – 22 mai, 2006). Paris: Flammarion. 2006. (139)

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