Pablo Picasso - Visage de Marie-Therese, 1928


Original stone Lithograph, 1928 (Probably October), on Japan paper, signed by the artist in pencil.

Edition: HC of 25 - There was also a numbered edition of 200


G. Bloch, Pablo Picasso, Bern, 1984, Vol. I, p. 46, no. 95 (another illustrated proof).

Geiser, Bernhard and Brigitte Baer. 1986-1996. Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé et des monotypes, 7 vols. Berne: Kornfeld. (Baer 243 : B:a          

Mourlot 23

Patrick Cramer: “Pablo Picasso The Illustrated books” Number 16

Richardson, John, ed. 2012. Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris-Vallauris, 1943-1953 (Gagosian Gallery, New York, May 2 - June 30, 2012). New York: Gagosian Gallery. (167p)

Printed by: Imprimerie Marchizet, Paris

Published by: G Gress & Cie/Andre Level, Paris 1928

Note: The classic portrait of Marie-Therese is one of the first Picasso made of her

 "On the evening of January 8, 1927, on a crowded Parisian boulevard, Picasso encountered the woman who would become his muse and lover for the next decade, Marie-Thérèse Walter. He greeted her with the famous line 'Mademoiselle, you have an interesting face. I would like to make your portrait', and adding presciently: 'I sense we will do great things together'. So many works were made in celebration of her charms that it has been said that Picasso's creative output between 1927 and 1937 was a decade-long lyrical poem to Marie-Thérèse. [Visage (Marie-Thérèse) (André Level,

This was published by Picasso’s friend Andre Level to go with a book entitled “Picasso” from a series entitled “Cahiers d’aujourdhui” and this was once of the earliest monographs on Picasso. The book provides a wealth of detail about the artist together with numerous illustrations of his works.

In 1928 Andre Level, an old friend of the artists’s, published “Picasso” as part of a series of books entitled “Cahiers d’oujourd hui” put out by Editions G Cres et Cie and this was one of the first monographs on Picasso. The book gave many biographical details of the artist and this beautiful lithograph, “Visage” was included in the book. An original copy of the book is sold with the work.


1) Former Andre Level (The Publishers) collection. A note in Baer describes how Level, wrote to Picasso on the 3rd November 1928, saying that he had just received the lithograph and expressed his gratitude and admiration is sumptuous praise. Possibly this letter refers to this work.

2) Private Collection Paris (By descend).
3) By descend to last owner                                                                                                                      

Public Collections: MOMA, NYC, Gift off Mrs John D Rockefeller National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo,                                                                                         National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa                                                                                                  

Size: 20.4 (h) x 14.2 (L)