Pablo Picasso - Notre Dame de Vie or Portrait d’homme


Original Linocut, Mougins , 16th February 1966, , on Arches paper, Printed in cream white ink, then washed in black India ink and rinsed so that the lines become black, , signed by the artist in pencil.

Size : Image Size: 338 x 278 mms; Sheet Size: 397 x 340 mms

Edition:  150 - There were also 5 trial proofs on pearl grey on Arches wove, and 13 or more impressions ion Arches wove printed in cream white, then washed in black India ink and rinsed so that the lines became black.

Note: This comes from the signed and numbered edition of 150 which was made in a separate portfolio to accompany the deluxe edition of the book “Notre Dame de Vie” by Helene Parmelin (Paris: Editions Circle d’Art, 1966). The book illustrates a group of paintings and drawings done for the Georges Clouzot film “Le Mystery Picasso” as well as 107 works executed between June 1962 and January 1965. Our Linocut shows the caricature of the face of the painter, Edouard Pignon, who was the husband of Helene Parmelin. Picasso had grown to be very fond of the couple, becoming close friends and confidants from the early '50s and onwards. Expressive eyebrows, defined cheekbones, and a sly grin suggest this humorous rendition was an intimate and amusing homage to Picasso's friendship. Its incredible detail and animated features bring the same liveliness and energy that the subject must have brought to Picasso's own life. Just to the south of Mougins is Notre-Dame-de-Vie, which is where Picasso chose to spend the last twelve years of his life. His house is now in private hands and closed to the public, but one can still visit the 13th century bell tower that was visible from his room.

Printed By: Arnerea Vallauris, France

Published by: Gallerie Louis Leiris, Paris, 1963


Georges Bloch: Volume 1 - Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie : Number 1230

Brigitte Baer: Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Volume V, Catalogue raisonne e de L’oeuvre grave et de monotypes 1959 - 1965 : Number 1848.B

Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: The Picasso Project “The Complete Linocuts 1939 - 1968” Number L-188

Mallan Enrique (Online Picasso Project) Number 66.012

Cramer: Number 134