Pablo Picasso - Ines et son enfant

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 Original Lithograph, 29/1/1947, Pen drawing on lithographic paper with some crayon rubbing, transferred to stone, on Arches wove, watermarked, paper, signed by the artist in pencil

Size: Image: 25 3/8 x 18 1/2" (64.5 x 47 cm); sheet: 25 9/16 x 19 11/16" (65 x 50 cm)

Printed by : Mourlot Freres, Paris

Edition: 50.From the signed and numbered edition of 50. There were also 6 artists proofs

Note:  Inès Sassier became Picasso's housekeeper at the Rue des Grands Augustins in Paris in 1937. Picasso had met her the year before at Mougins on the introduction of Dora Maar’s sister. She was never Picasso's lover or mistress, but she was one of the most important women in his life in the period from the late 1930's to 1967. She was housekeeper, nanny, cook, model and confidante - described by Maya, Picasso's daughter, as 'our fairy godmother' - not least for her ability to find and cook food during the deprivations of wartime. Inès married in Paris in the early 1940's and this is a study of her with her child.

The emotional bonding between mother and child in this study of Ines resonated very strongly with Picasso in the late 1940’s echoing his own domestic emotions and his close relationship with his own young children, Paloma and Claude. Ines became the inspiration for many other works on the maternity theme at this date. This work was made in early 1947. In the summer of 1946 he had worked extensively at the Mourlot studio on a serious of lithographic portraits of Francois but he returned to the South of France for the later part of the year. Christmas was spent at Antibes but immediately it was over Picasso had a string desire to return to work on the lithographs. Picasso made two versions of this composition of which this is the second. The first version was made “from the life” and our version was reworked, away from Ines, at the Studio. It is the more developed of the two and shows a pleasing cubist style composition.

References:

George Bloch “Tome 1, Picasso Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie (1904 - 1967) No: 415

Mourlot, Fernand. 1949-1964. Picasso lithographe, 4 vols. Monte Carlo: André Sauret, Editions du Livre. (Mourlot 61)

Reusse: 170

Mourlot Sale 2003 - Lot 52

Public Collections:

Kunstmuseum Picasso, Munster

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Purchase 563.1951