Le Carnaval de Nice
Lithograph in colours, Vallauris, 12/1/1951, on wove paper, signed & dated in the stone, signed by the artist in black ink
Edition: Of unknown size - inscribed lower left “No 142”
References: Kay, Helen, 1965 “Picasso’s world of Children, New York, Doubleday & Co (188p) ;
Mallen, Enrique, ed. 1997-2021 ; Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. (51:041)
Gerard Gosselin: “Picasso & La Presse - Un peintre dans l’histoire” Pages 122/123
Printed by: Imprimerie de la Victoire, Nice,
Published by: JMP, de la Victoire
Note: In the book “Picasso et la Presse George Tabaraud describes this work as being the first page Picasso designed for “Le Patriote” magazine, on th 31st January 1951, and goes on to acknowledge the political activities of the artist. The work depicts the “Carnival King” and was made for the annual Nice Carnival.
John Richardson wrote as his Magnus Opus a multi volume definitive biography of Pablo Picasso. He also was the author of “The Sorcerers Apprentice” A book about “Picasso, Provence and Douglas Cooper”. The front cover of this book depicts this lithograph which, it is believed, was a satirical portrait of Cooper : a fiendish, colourful, Evelyn Waugh-like figure who single-handedly assembled the world's most important private collection of Cubist paintings. John Richardson tells the story of their ill-fated but comical association, which began in London in 1949 and moved on to the Chateau de Castille, a colonnaded folly in Provence filled with masterpieces by Picasso, Braque, Leger and Juna Gris. Richardson unfurls an adventure lasting twelve years, encompassing artists and writers, collectors and the famous - Francis Bacon, Jean Cocteau, Dora Maar, Peggy Guggenheim and Anthony Blunt to name but a few. Central to the book is Richardson's close friendship with Picasso, which coincided with the emergence of the artist's new mistress, Jacqueline Roque, and which gave Richardson an inside view of the repercussions she would have on Picasso's life and work.
21/9/2016 A similar piece in Christies, New York “The Private Collection of President & Mrs Ronald Reagan”
Condition: Some creasing, toning, staining but generally in good condition with fresh bright colours.
Size: Sheet: 44.1 x 54 cms