Portraits Imaginaires 23.2.69, 1971

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Printer: Guillard & Gourdon (numbered 220 of 250 American Editions)

Dimensions: 66 x 50 cm

Condition: Very good 

Available: The lithograph has been floated onto a white backing and then framed in charcoal £5,500 + P&P

Description: This lithograph is one of Picasso’s 29 exceptional and rare Portraits Imaginaires. The artist began the series during a feverish painting spell at the beginning of 1969, aged 87. After poor press from exhibitions, he was exhausted and depressed and, inspired by the colours of the south of France, and Rembrandt’s prolific output right up until his death, he began to do something he had never done before. He saved corrugated paper and other packaging materials from the deliveries of art supplies, and on 30th January, he started painting these mainly masculine portraits inspired by images of his father, Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Balzac and others. He finished his 29th painting on the 7th May, 1969. So excited with the results, Picasso spent many months with Marcel Salinas to reproduce his first ever series of original works as fine art lithographs. Two print runs of 250 copies were made: one for the French market and one for America.

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, his extraordinary artistic genius made him the ‘rock star’ of the Modern Art world pioneering cubism, surrealism, expressionism and collage. Throughout his long career, he produced more than 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theatre sets, and costumes. From the mid-1940s, he also worked with the Mourlot studios in Paris and created over 400 lithographs and exhibition posters. As well as Fernand Mourlot, Henri Deschamps was Picasso's favourite and most trusted master printer at the studio and they collaborated together from 1945 right up until Picasso’s death in 1973.

Printer: Guillard & Gourdon (numbered 220 of 250 American Editions)

Dimensions: 66 x 50 cm

Condition: Very good 

Available: The lithograph has been floated onto a white backing and then framed in charcoal £5,500 + P&P

Description: This lithograph is one of Picasso’s 29 exceptional and rare Portraits Imaginaires. The artist began the series during a feverish painting spell at the beginning of 1969, aged 87. After poor press from exhibitions, he was exhausted and depressed and, inspired by the colours of the south of France, and Rembrandt’s prolific output right up until his death, he began to do something he had never done before. He saved corrugated paper and other packaging materials from the deliveries of art supplies, and on 30th January, he started painting these mainly masculine portraits inspired by images of his father, Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Balzac and others. He finished his 29th painting on the 7th May, 1969. So excited with the results, Picasso spent many months with Marcel Salinas to reproduce his first ever series of original works as fine art lithographs. Two print runs of 250 copies were made: one for the French market and one for America.

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, his extraordinary artistic genius made him the ‘rock star’ of the Modern Art world pioneering cubism, surrealism, expressionism and collage. Throughout his long career, he produced more than 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theatre sets, and costumes. From the mid-1940s, he also worked with the Mourlot studios in Paris and created over 400 lithographs and exhibition posters. As well as Fernand Mourlot, Henri Deschamps was Picasso's favourite and most trusted master printer at the studio and they collaborated together from 1945 right up until Picasso’s death in 1973.