Pablo Picasso - Danseuse (Le Ballet)


Original lithograph, March 1954,  on Arches paper, in 4 colours, signed by the artist in the stone (not by hand), on offset paper

Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris

Edition: Besides the large unsigned edition (ours) there was also a signed and numbered edition of 50 and an additional 5 artists proofs.

Provenance: This lithograph is from the volume " Le Ballet" by Boris Kochno, published in 1954 (Paris: Hachette) . The author was the personal assistant of Serge Diaghilev. Picasso met him in about 1921 when he began working with the ballet Russes to design the decor for the ballet “Cuadro Flamenco”. In the same year Picasso made two portraits of Kochno which are now in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Kochno stayed working with Diaghilev until the latter's death in 1929 and between 1945 and 1951 he was in charge of the Ballets des Champs Elysees. For the book Picasso made this lithograph which represents a woman dancing. Sold with the piece is the frontispiece of the book.

Reference: Cramer 68 , Mourlot 259 , Bloch 767, Bloch Books 67, Bridel 37, Picasso Project 259, Mourlot Sale 1994 Lot 189,

Size: Sheet size (approximately) 7 1/2 x 10 inches (189 x 255 mm)

Condition: In very good condition apart from a very small paper loss on the top left corner. This will not be visible when framed and over mounted.