This etching is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Picasso" at the lower right margin,
as well as hand numbered in pencil "5/50" at the lower left margin.
It is dated in the plate 18.9.68.II.
It was printed in 1968 by the Crommelynck Brothers in France and published by Gallerie Louise Leiris, Paris in an edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions.
The “347 Series” was, in printmaking, the undertaking which defined late Picasso. This prodigious outpouring of work, dating from March 16th–October 5th, 1968, deals with all of his old themes and fantasies, adding an obsession newly central in the late 60s, the artist as voyeur. It is in this role, rather than that of a protagonist, that the artist figures in these fantastic narrations.
In order to be able to work with full freedom and concentration, Picasso had his printers, the brothers Crommelynck, bring the etching plates and hand press to his farmhouse near Cannes.
Literature: Bloch, Georges, 1968, Pablo Picasso: Tome II, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1966-69, Berne Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein.
Reference: Bloch 1802, Baer 1819 B.b.1
Condition: Excellent 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
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