Pablo Picasso, ‘QUATRE NUS AU HAREM’, 1979-1982, Gallery Art
Pablo Picasso, ‘QUATRE NUS AU HAREM’, 1979-1982, Gallery Art
Pablo Picasso, ‘QUATRE NUS AU HAREM’, 1979-1982, Gallery Art

Pablo Picasso was a prolific printmaker, producing over 2,400 original prints throughout his career in a variety of techniques. But until 1945, almost all of his prints were black and white, and only a handful of them were lithographs, a printmaking method that closely resembles painting, enabling artists to draw directly on a stone slab or metal plate. This ratio drastically changed when Picasso met the master printmaker Fernand Mourlot. In just under two decades, Picasso and Mourlot produced over 350 lithographs (many of them in color), experimenting with unconventional techniques like finger painting that pushed the boundaries of the medium.

After Picasso's death in 1973, his granddaughter Marina inherited a portfolio of images that have come to be known as the Picasso Estate Collection. The images in this portfolio were printed as lithographs, meticulously created after the original works by Master Chromist Marcel Salinas, who worked closely with Picasso during his lifetime. Edition of 500 lithograph on Arches paper. Sheet size: 21.75 x 29.5 in. Image size: 14.5 x 21 in. All reasonable offers will be considered.

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil by Marina Picasso and embossed with the estate and chromist's seals, along with estate stamp on verso.

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