Pablo Picasso, ‘Woman with Floral Bodice’, 1957, Christopher-Clark Fine Art

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the Arches script watermark.

Hand-signed in red crayon lower right Picasso, dated on the plate upper right “17.12.57” (in reverse).

A superb impression of the first state of this important subject (there were three states, each of which was used for an edition). From the edition of 50, numbered in pencil at the lower left sheet tip (there were 6 additional artist’s proofs reserved for the artist and printer). Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 846; Mourlot 307; Rau 663; Reusse 730; Picasso Project 307, State 1.

Sheet Size: 25 ¾ x 19 7/8 inches

In excellent condition, printed on a full sheet.

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