La Femme au fauteuil (from the black plate of M. 133)

Pablo Picasso
La Femme au fauteuil (from the black plate of M. 133)
December 4, 1948

An original Pablo Picasso lithograph print.

December 4, 1948

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper bearing the “ARCHES” block letter watermark

superb and extremely rare proof impression of the fourth state of six from this plate, one of only six such proofs (this sate was not editioned), annotated “4e état / 6/6 / FM” in pencil by Fernand Mourlot verso. Printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 1353; Mourlot 138 iv/vi; Reusse 429; Güse/Rau 501; Picasso Project 138 – State 4.

27 ½ x 21 ½ inches

Sheet Size: 30 x 22 inches

Picaso has decided to produce a large coloured lithograph; he composes the 5 colours of “The Armchair woman”, yellow, red, green, violet, black, with brush on litho paper. Transfer to zincs. Presentation of a coloured proof three days after the lithos have been delivered. It is unsatisfactory; the zincs have to again be put into condition to be retouched and to be given back to the artist immediately after.
Each zinc has been re-worked: crayon, ink, scrapings. New proofing with colours. The result is not yet satisfactory. The plates are again put into condition for new corrections, but each colour will be transformed in a black plate and the 5 new compositions will be the object of more or less developed studies. Each day or each night the zincs will be scraped, polished out, re-drawn . . .
– Fernand Mourlot, Picasso’s lithographer