Pablo Picasso, ‘Portrait of Claude’, 1950, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

This was included as the cover piece of “Picasso Lithographie II” published by Mourlot Freres in 1950. Picasso made the lithograph on the 16th April 1950. This was the front cover of the book (Paloma being the back), The portraits of his two children by Francois Gilot are charming representations of childhood. Claud today is the authenticator of his late father’s works.

Publisher: Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, France

Cramer 60, Bloch 450, Mourlot 98

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