Buste au fond étoilé

Pablo Picasso
Buste au fond étoilé

An original Pablo Picasso lithograph printed in indigo blue ink on wove paper bearing the Arches script watermark. 

A superb, extremely rare proof impression of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 50 (one of at least 8 proofs reserved for the artist and the publisher, only two of which were printed in blue [two more were printed in terracotta, the balance in black]). Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris

Dated (incorrectly) on the stone upper left “7.4.49”

Bloch 594; Mourlot 163; Güse/Rau 444; Reusse 477; Picasso Project 163.

March 7, 1949

25 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches