This is an original 1970 black and white heliogravure of a 1968 etching by Pablo Picasso.
This 44+ year old Item is rated Near Mint +. No aging. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Period Paper is pleased to offer the original heliogravures from one of Picasso's most impressive collections produced for the 1st edition portfolio in 1970. The heliogravures offered here are NOT from the later editions produced in 1971, 2000, or 2009.
When Picasso was in his 80's, he created an extraordinary group of etchings known as the 347 Series (March to October 1968). He worked with the Crommelynck brothers, master printers in Paris near Picasso's private studio in Cannes. This collaboration led to the remarkable output of intaglio prints created at the end of his life.
While combining different cultures, icons and periods in this series, Picasso created a unifying theme throughout: that of the narrator and observer rather than participant. The works are a panorama of compelling imagery including: circus figures, musketeers, cabelleros, musicians, and painters with their models -- many with an erotic nature. PicassoÕs command of the challenging techniques of etching, engraving, dry-point and aquatint are forcefully revealed in the 347 works, along with the highly personal and facile drawing ability he possessed in his late years.
Since its creation by Picasso more than 40 years ago, the 347 Series has garnered interest by collectors, museums, dealers and historians. PicassoÕs devotion and burst of energy into etching and engraving in the last years of his life has been equaled by no other artist. In the last decade, the works have experienced extraordinary attention amongst collectors resulting in significant increases in the prices for the original works at international auctions. Consider that Rembrandt made approximately 300 etchings in his lifetime. Picasso made 347 in seven months. It is doubtful that any artist will ever live again who will match this achievement.
The complete 347 Series is part of the permanent collection of the following museums and institutions:
For those who could not afford the originals from Picasso, we are pleased to offer these original heliogravures from the 1970 first edition portfolio. The plate number on each image is visible but could easily be matted out when framed.
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."