Pablo Picasso - Vallauris Exhibition 1956


Original Linocut, Cannes or Vallauris, 19th June 1956, printed in 5 colours: blue, red, green, yellow and black from 5 blocks, on velin Arches watermarked paper, boldly signed by the artist in blue Crayon. The edition published.

Size : Block: 65.7 x 54.1 cms ; sheet: 93.5 x 65.5 cms

Edition: There were 21 artists proofs, also 200 editioned proofs and 30 or more impressions for the artist and printer some of which were signed. This one is not editioned and is probably an artists proof.

Note: Quirky line work and playful coloration entice the viewer and enhance the design elements in this work. In common cubist style works by Picasso, we are shown a compelling rendering of facial features ingeniously arranged to create this remarkable character. This work was created for the the Vallauris Exposition of Picasso ceramics.

Baer calls for the work to be signed in red pencil. We have , however, found a number of these in prominent sales signed in blue pencil (see Sotheby’s New York, 24.7.2020 Lot 4).

Printed By: Hidalgo Arnera Vallauris, France

Published by: The Association des potiers de Peintre et Lumiere, de Vallauris

Reference: Georges Bloch: “Tomb 1 - Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographie : Number 1271

Brigitte Baer: Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tomb V, Catalogue raisonee de L’oeuvre grave et de monotypes 1959 - 1965 : Number 1042.B

Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: The Picasso Project “The Complete Linocuts 1939 - 1968” Number L-021.

Czwiklitzer 19.

Public Collections:

Metropolitan Museum, New York ; National Galleries, Scotland ; MOMA, New York ; Philadelphia Museum of Art ;

Condition: A lovely impression with very fresh colours. Generally in very good condition except for light stating on the margins and some ink staining, from the original printing, on the extreme margins no visible under the mount.