Pablo Picasso, ‘Young Woman (Francoise) | La Jeune Femme (Françoise)’, 1949, Gilden's Art Gallery

This work is signed and dedicated in the plate in brown at the lower mid-right: "A Mourlot pour son Centenaire, Picasso, Vallauris le 25.2.53" [For Mourlot in the occasion of his Centenary, Picasso, Vallauris the 25.2.53].
It is also dated on the plate "17/2/1949".
The work is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 75 at centre of the lower margin. There were also a small number of artist’s proofs.
The lithograph was drawn with wash in black ink in 1949 on the zinc printing plate.
In 1968 Mourlot used the 1949 plate to print the second edition which was published for the Centenary Album of the Mourlot Printing Works. This edition was of only 75 impressions plus a few artist proofs.
The paper bears the Arches watermark.

Note:
It was in 1946 and 1947 that Picasso started to make the series of studies of Françoise which are amongst his most beautiful and inventive works in lithography. His relationship with Françoise at this period was one of calm love and family life, and this relaxed atmosphere can certainly be strongly felt in the poetry and lyricism of these wonderful portrait studies. The invention with which Picasso was approaching his lithography was also stimulated by his life style, and in the portraits can be seen some of his most inspired ideas.

Literature:

  1. Bloch, G. (1971). Pablo Picasso: Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1966-1969, Volume II. Bern: Kornfeld & Klipstein.
    Reference: Bloch 1836
  2. Mourlot, F. (2009). Picasso Project: Picasso. The Lithographic Work. Volume I. 1919-1949. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy.
    Reference: Mourlot 153

Condition: Very good condition.

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2016
Picasso and His Printers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016
Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Pablo Picasso | Print as an original art form, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2016
Picasso. Sculptures, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
2016
Picasso and His Printers, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2016
Picasso Sculptor, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Picasso! An Anniversary Exhibition, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
2015
Pablo Picasso, Opera Gallery, Singapore
2015
Picasso Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, Guggenheim Museum, New York
2016
The Collection of Hermann and Margrit Rupf, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2016
Picasso-Giacometti, Musée Picasso Paris, Paris
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