Pablo Picasso, ‘TÊTE DE FEMME NO. 6. PORTRAIT DE DORA MAAR’, 1939, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

This is one of seven prints Picasso made in 1939 for a book project he conceived himself which was to combine color aquatints and a calligraphic text of his own authorship (see Baer 648, 650-655). The project was never realized, probably because its unprecedented form and content intimidated publishers. All that has survived are the impressions of the prints themselves, such as this one, whose complete editions Picasso kept, and which were discovered in his studio after his death.

Bloch 1338; Baer 654.D.
Brigitte Baer, Picasso the Printmaker: Graphice from the Marina Picasso Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 1983, no. 72 p. 116 (ill.); Emmanuel Benador, Picasso Printmaker: A Perpetual Metamorphosis, QCC Art Gallery, The City University of New York, Bayside, New York, 2008, no. 38, p. 85 (ill.).

Ex-collection Marina Picasso, bearing her collection stamp in violet ink 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