Pablo Picasso
June 3, 1961

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso lithograph print.

June 3, 1961

Original lithograph printed in five colors (black, blue, red, green, yellow) on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES” block letter watermark

Hand-signed in pencil lower right Picasso, dated on the stone lower left. 

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 200, numbered in pencil lower left.  Commissioned and published by the Nice newspaper Le Patriot, printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch, 1019; Mourlot 356; Rau 721; Reusse 800; Picasso Project 356.

19 x 25 inches

Sheet Size: 21 7/8 x 29 7/8 inches

In the aftermath of the Second World War, in 1944 Picasso joined the French Communist Party and was active in promoting its activities through his art.  The French newspaper based in Nice “Le Patriot,” a supporter of Communist ideology, commissioned Picasso to create “Football” to raise funds through the sale of the published edition.  “Le Patriot” financed the printing of the edition of this subject, but the actual printing was done at the same studio where all of Picasso’s lithographs were printed, at Atelier Fernand Mourlot in Paris. At Atelier Mourlot Picasso drew the plate and supervised the printing of the edition.  After the edition was completed, the plate was effaced as was the normal procedure.  The finished lithographs were delivered to “Le Patriot” which handled their distribution.