La Mère et les Enfants

Pablo Picasso
La Mère et les Enfants
January 20, 1953

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso lithograph print.

(Françoise, Claude and Paloma)

January 20, 1953

Original lithograph printed in black ink on Arches wove paper.

Hand-signed in pencil in the margin lower left Picasso.

A superb proof impression of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 50, one of six such proofs reserved for the artist and the printer.

Catalog: Bloch 739; Reusse 625; Mourlot 239; Picasso Project 239.

19 ¼ x 29 ¾ inches

Sheet Size: 22 ¼ x 30 inches

The beginning of 1953 marked the last period of Picasso’s happy relationship with Françoise and their children Paloma and Claude. Later in the year Picasso was to leave Françoise, but in January he was still relaxing in the circle of family life. His life with Françoise had been one of the calmest stages in his career and had resulted in some of his most purely beautiful works. In early January of 1953 he made a series of studies of his family together – Françoise in the background lying reading, and Paloma and Claude playing in the foreground. Three of the studies were in lithography, and three were etched.