Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Petit Fille (decoupage) ’, ca. 1940, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

The drawing shows a small girl in a skirt, with chubby legs with right arm oustretched, waving. It is cut from a larger piece of paper and folded over so that the back is visible through a double-sided frame. This shows the back of the girl.
Picasso created this as part of a series of works for his daughter, Maya , the daughter of Marie-Therese Walter, when she was between two and five years old (between 1937 and 1940) and is almost certainly a portrait of the small girl. None of these drawings were ever signed. The genre was that of minimalism but it was designed to please his daughter . Picasso gloried in child-like representations many examples of which can be found in his art. There are many representations of the infant “Maya” to be found in Picasso’s art. The image is a familiar one. Maya, now an elderly lady, lives in Paris today. For many years she identified and certified her late fathers works.

Picasso catalogue by J. Palaui Fabre , Gallery Joan Prats, Barcelona 1977, p. 13. Galerie Jan Krugier Geneve 1973 - The work is illustrated in this catalogue. The buyer acquires a copy of this volume.
Authentification: We have a letter from the Picasso Authentification (Mr Claude Ruiz Picasso) enclosing a certificate of Authenticity for this item which is dated 20th July 2017. The buyer acquires this certificate.

Provenance Documents:
Collection label : Marie-Therese Walter. Marie-Therese was the long term mistress of the artist whose portraits dominated his works during the 1920’s and 1930”s. After they separated Picasso maintained a good relationship with both her and their daughter, Maya
Label Galeria Joan Prats , Barcelona: There was a famous exhibition of Picasso’s works held at this Gallery in 1977 and our drawing was exhibited in this show. This work was sold to a Sr Don Gian Piero De Andreis by invoice dated 26/5/1977. The buyer obtains this document.
Galerie Jan Krugier Geneva: Verso Label This is dated XII/73 and refers to an exhibition in the Gallery, “Une Collection Picasso”, at which our drawing was number 82.

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