This is an original two-color lithograph, created by Pablo Picasso in 1957, and produced by Fernand Mourlot in 1959.
This 52+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that the small blemishes in the digital image are NOT on the item.
Period Paper has acquired a large collection of original lithographs from 1959 by legendary printer Fernand Mourlot of Imprimerie Mourlot Frères, Paris. These lithographs are miniature versions of some of the finest lithographed posters of the mid-20th century. They are the most coveted of the miniature posters that exist today due to the lithographic processes used to create them and the artists of the Mourlot studio who produced them. Please note, these are NOT current reproductions, copies, or digital prints.
Fernand Mourlot. The son of Jules Mourlot, he and two of his brothers joined their father in the Imprimerie Bataille, Paris. Upon the death of Jules Mourlot in 1921, the atelier was renamed Mourlot Frères. Under the guidance of Fernand, Mourlot Frères developed an exceptional reputation with museums and galleries for producing finely executed art posters in the 1920's and 1930's. The prominent artists of the day--Bonnard, Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Dufy, Gris, Braque, Léger, Kandinsky, Miró, etc., all came to the studio and began years of cooperative work with Fernand Mourlot. The results of this collaboration were so successful that more and more galleries chose Mourlot to print posters for their exhibits, known as Affiches de Peintres Lithographiées. By the mid-20th century, the reputation of Mourlot Fr�res was so respected that the words "Imprimée par Mourlot" were enough to guarantee the finest quality lithographs and demand a premium collector or auction value, worldwide.
This piece was illustrated by Picasso, Pablo.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter, stage designer, and sculptor. An incredibly talented man, he tried his hand at many different artistic styles throughout his life, including realism, classicism and surrealism; however he is most remembered for being a co-pioneer of cubism with French artist Georges Braque. Several specific "periods" into which his work is classified include his Blue Period, during which time he preferred to draw mothers and children in bluish and greenish hues, and his Rose Period, which featured more lively subjects such as acrobats and harlequins. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential 20th century artists, and is especially remembered for his portrayal of the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War in his 1937 piece, "Guernica."