Pablo Picasso, ‘ Notre Dame de Vie or Portrait d’homme’, 1966, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘ Notre Dame de Vie or Portrait d’homme’, 1966, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

This comes from the signed and numbered edition of 150 which was made in a separate portfolio to accompany the deluxe edition of the book “Notre Dame de Vie” by Helene Parmelin (Paris: Editions Circle d’Art, 1966). The book illustrates a group of paintings and drawings done for the Georges Clouzot film “Le Mystery Picasso” as well as 107 works executed between June 1962 and January 1965. Our Linocut shows the caricature of the face of the painter, Edouard Pignon, who was the husband of Helene Parmelin. Picasso had grown to be very fond of the couple, becoming close friends and confidants from the early '50s and onwards. Expressive eyebrows, defined cheekbones, and a sly grin suggest this humorous rendition was an intimate and amusing homage to Picasso's friendship. Its incredible detail and animated features bring the same liveliness and energy that the subject must have brought to Picasso's own life. Just to the south of Mougins is Notre-Dame-de-Vie, which is where Picasso chose to spend the last twelve years of his life. His house is now in private hands and closed to the public, but one can still visit the 13th century bell tower that was visible from his room.
Printed By: Arnerea Vallauris, France

Signature: signed in pencil

Publisher: Gallerie Louis Leiris, Paris, 1963

Georges Bloch: Volume 1 - Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie : Number 1230
Brigitte Baer: Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Volume V, Catalogue raisonne e de L’oeuvre grave et de monotypes 1959 - 1965 : Number 1848.B
Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: The Picasso Project “The Complete Linocuts 1939 - 1968” Number L-188
Mallan Enrique (Online Picasso Project) Number 66.012
Cramer: Number 134

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