Jeune Homme Présentant un Miroir ou un Portrait, A Une Femme

Pablo Picasso
Jeune Homme Présentant un Miroir ou un Portrait, A Une Femme
Etching
1968

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso Etching.

(Young Man Presenting a Mirror or a Portrait to a Young Woman)

1968

Original etching with scraper and drypoint printed in black ink on Rives wove paper bearing the “BFK” watermark.

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Picasso, dated in the plate upper right “6.4.68.III” (in reverse).

A superb impression of Baer’s second and final state, from the edition of 50 printed after the steelfacing of the plate, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left (there were 17 additional impressions designated artist’s proofs, for an overall edition of 67). Plate 19 from the series 347 Gravures. Published by the Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed at Atelier Crommelynck.

Catalog: Bloch 1499; Baer 1515 B.b.1; Picasso Project 1499

Platemark: 16 5/16 x 12 1/4 inches Sheet size: 22 13/16 x 17 3/4 inches

 

Towards the end of his life, in a now famous example of late creative outpouring, Picasso returned to etching as an image-making process after a lapse of some years. And he did so with a vengeance. Between 16 March and 5 October 1968 – a period of a little more than six months – Picasso, then in his late eighties, produced a total of 347 prints. These went on to become known as the famous 347 Gravures, the largest print series of his career. The series revived many motifs from Picasso’s entire career including the bullfight, the circus, the theater, the Commedia dell’Arte, themes from Spanish literature (eg. a group of prints based on Fernando de Roja’s Le Celestina of 1499), themes from European painting including subjects inspired by El Greco, Goya, Titian, Poussin, Füssli, Degas, Ingres, Rembrandt and others. The series is also technically a tour de force, a collaboration with the printers Piero and Aldo Crommelynck in their workshop in Mougins, breaking many of the established rules of what supposedly could and couldn’t be done in etching.

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