Original Lithograph, Cannes 5/23/1961, 7 colours on transfer paper, transferred to stone, on Arches watermarked paper, signed by the artist in pencil, “For U.C.L.A Picasso Cannes 23/5/61” printed in the stone
1. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, Tome I Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie 1904-1067, Bern,Edition Kornfeld, 1984. Listed and illustrated as plate no. 1297.
2. Mourlot, Fernand. Picasso Lithographs. Boston: Boston Book and Art Publisher, 1970. Listed and illustrated as catalogue no. 351.
Poster for the exhibition “Bonne fete Monsieur Picasso
(Happy Birthday Mr Picasso)
3) Luis Carlo Rodrigo: “Picasso in his posters” Number 115
4) Czw 47
Note: A historically and artistically impressive artwork, Pablo Picasso, Fleurs (For U.C.L.A), “Flowers for UCLA, 1961” was a gift given to the university (The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university in Los Angeles) by Picasso in honour of an exhibition held in the Dickson Art Center. The exhibition was in support of the university and displayed more than 250 works from the artist’s beloved artistic periods and celebrated the artists 80th birthday. For the exhibition, Picasso created a poster which was made in an edition of 2500. This piece is an “avant les lettres” work on better quality paper, signed and numbered by the artist. It is the first ever gift given by the artist to an American university. The proceeds of the sale were donated towards an UCLA scholarship for study abroad.
The artwork is playful, the flowers are exuberantly coloured and emblematic of Picasso’s style. An eclectic array of curves, dots and zig-zags add to the energetic mood of the image. The welcoming image is a sign of Picasso’s philanthropic spirit.
Size: sheet: 750 x 530mm
Public Collections: MOMA New York, 2011
Published by: The UCLA Art Council at the UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles, California.
Printed by: Mourlot Freres, Paris, France