Pablo Picasso, ‘Picasso from 1916 to 1961 (Heads of Picasso and Cocteau)’, 1962, Christie's
Pablo Picasso, ‘Picasso from 1916 to 1961 (Heads of Picasso and Cocteau)’, 1962, Christie's


Watermark Picasso, signed in pencil, dedicated Madame HP et Edouard Pignon mes chers amis - Picasso, Le 27.11.62, a proof aside from the edition of thirty (there was also a book edition of 255 with smaller margins), the full sheet, with deckle edges at left and right, pale light and mount staining, a pinpoint hole in the upper margin, framed

Image 365 x 257 mm., Sheet 553 x 375 mm.

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Bloch 1845; Mourlot 358; Cramer 117

Edouard and Hélène Pignon, Nice; a gift from the artist.
Private collection, Paris; then by descent from the above to the present owner.

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