Pablo Picasso, ‘The Old King’, 1963, Gilden's Art Gallery

This original linoleum cut is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Picasso" at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered in pencil, from the edition of 160 at the lower left margin.
It is dated in the plate at the upper right corner "14-26.1.1963" (14-26 January 1963)
The work was published by La Patriote, Nice and printed by Hidalgo Arnéra, Vallauris in 1963 in a limited edition of 160 signed and numbered impressions. There were a further 30 artist's proofs.
The paper bears the Arches watermark.

In the 1950/60s Picasso reverts to the previously disregarded technique of linocut. The painter introduces the colour in the principally black and white graphics and produces six plates, one for each colour. This linocut shows a colourful and ornamental variation of 'Le Vieux Roi', a well-known subject of Picasso’s later works.


  1. Bloch, G. (1975). Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue de l'oeuvre Grave et Lithographie 1904-1967. Bern: Kornfeld et Klipstein.
    Reference: Bloch 1152
  2. Baer, B. (1994). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome V, Catalogue Raisonne de l'OEuvre Grave et des Monotypes, 1959-1965, Bern: Editions Kornfeld.
    Reference: Baer 1338.

Condition: Excellent condition. Colours are vivid and fresh.

Publisher: La Patriote, Nice

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