after Pablo Picasso - Faunes et Flore d’Antibes

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Lithograph in colours partly with pochoir (stencil) , 1960, on Arches paper, signed in the stone and boldly signed by the artist in blue crayon

Reference: Czwiklitzer 148

Mallen, Enrique, ed. 1997-2020. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. (59:350)

Luis Carlos Rodrigo “Picasso in his posters” Volume 1- Number 94

Edition: A hand signed proof outside the edition. Rodrigo states that there were 50 numbered “avant les Lettres” copies signed in Blue and dated in green in the plate besides other unnumbered proofs and some Hors Commerce copies . It is from these two last that our work probably comes.

Size: sheet 760 x 555mm (30 1/8 x 21 7/8 in)

Note: The prototype original painting for this work was made in 1946 and was part of his “Joie de vivre” series.

The work was created on September 30th 1959 by Picasso for the title page of the book “Faunes et Flore d’Antibes” with a prologue by Jaime Sabartes translated by Alfred Rosset. The book was published by Pont des Arts and Pierre-Andre Weil. With Picasso’s permission Weil also used the work for the poster advertising the book in the Galerie Weil which he owned with Lucie Weil relating to the book which was held at the Galerie Weill between January 12th and February 10th 1960 . The book contains 11 Facsimiles signed by Picasso of this work “Joy of Living”.

Printed by: Daniel Jacomet, Paris, 1960