This is an original 1963 color lithograph of the original linocut by Pablo Picasso (with date, top left corner), created with one block: black, light blue-gray. Limited Edition, unnumbered and unsigned.
This 52+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Small wrinkle - bottom right corner. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. There is some very faint foxing in the right margin of the outer border which does not affect the image.
Period Paper has acquired a large collection of original lithographs of linoleum cuts (linocuts) by Pablo Picasso. Picasso worked in this medium extensively from 1958 to 1961. These lithographs were created for an unnumbered and unsigned limited edition in 1963 in London (there was also an edition of these produced in New York in 1962). The Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris loaned Picasso's original linocuts for the creation of these lithographs. During this production, an additional 50 lithographs were created in large format and were hand-signed by Picasso and which can be found online priced between $26,000 and $180,000 per linocut. Only a rare few of these smaller lithographs were hand-signed by Picasso. The items offered here are the lithographs most sought after by collectors, second only to the hand-signed group of 50. They are extraordinary in their creation, detail, and condition. They are regarded unconditionally as fine art and consistently appreciate in value.
PLEASE NOTE: These are the original 1963 linocuts and not the later reissues of the 1962 or 1963 collection or those from 1988.
This piece was illustrated by Picasso, Pablo. There is no visible artist signature.
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."