Pablo Picasso, ‘Vase of Flowers with Floral Design Carpet | Vase de Fleurs au Tapis à Ramages’, 1947, Gilden's Art Gallery

This lithograph 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 50 at the lower left margin.
It is dated in reverse, in the plate "24 Juin 1947" [24th June 1947].
It was created by Picasso on the 24th June 1947 by applying crayon and brush to zinc plate. It was printed by Mourlot in the same year in a limited edition of 50 impressions. There were also six artist’s proofs.
This subject was printed and published by Fernand Mourlot in a limited edition of 50 impressions in 1959. There were also five or six artist’s proofs dating from 1947.

The paper bears the Arches watermark along the lower margin.
Another impression of this subject is held by the Harvard Art Museum, United States of America.

Literature:

  1. Mourlot, F. (2009). Picasso Project: Picasso. The Lithographic Work. Volume II. 1949-1969. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy.
    Reference: Mourlot 107
  2. Bloch, G. (1971). Pablo Picasso: Tome I. Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1904-1967. Bern: Edition Kornfeld et Klipstein.
    Reference: Bloch 459

Condition: Very good condition. The lower left tip filled in. Pale, unobtrusive staining across the sheet. Minor areas of skinning from previous hinging, 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