Fumeur II

Pablo Picasso
Fumeur II
etching
August 19, 1964

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso etching.

August 19, 1964

Original softground etching printed à la poupée in colors on heavy Auvergne hand-made laid paper bearing the “Richard de Bas” watermark.

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Picasso, dated in the plate (in reverse) upper right “19.8.64 III”.

A superb artist’s proof impression of Baer’s only state, printed after the steelfacing of the plate, apart from the numbered edition of 50, (there were 15 such épreuves d’artiste, for an overall edition of 65). Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1965; printed by Pennequin for Atelier Crommelynck, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 1166; Baer 1166.B.b.2.

Standing as a vibrant example of Picasso’s limited work in the medium of color aquatint, this image offers a playful rendering of a cigarette smoker, a theme that the artist explored in a series of nine color aquatints produced during the month of August, 1964.

Gestural in nature, this work demonstrates the artist’s play with color and energetic use of line. Picasso indulges in vibrant pigments focusing the viewer’s attention upon the reflective attitude of the subject. The lose handling of the smoker, the sense of spontaneity and raw energy of its execution come together to evoke a sense of summer heat rendering the pensive attitude of the subject.