Pablo Picasso
December 27, 1958

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso lithograph print.

December 27, 1958

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the “Arches” script watermark

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower right Picasso, dated on the plate twice upper right.

A superb impression of Bloch’s third and final state (3e état, état définitif), from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil in the margin lower left.  Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris. 

Catalog: Bloch 852; Gauss/Reusse 739; Picasso Project 309 State 3a.

22 x 17 3/8 inches

Sheet Size: 26 x 19 inches

Picasso met Jacqueline at Perpignan during the summer of 1953.  In the autumn of the following year, Picasso and Jacqueline began to live together.  Just as with Marie-Thérèse Walter, the other great love in Picasso’s life, so Jacqueline quickly became present in all the artist’s work.  Like Marie-Thérèse, Jacqueline, little by little, began to haunt the artist’s hand whether he drew, painted, cut sheet metal, modeled clay or decorated pottery.  And she became ever present in his prints.