PALOMA

Pablo Picasso
PALOMA
lithograph
April 16, 1950

An original Pablo Picasso lithograph print.

April 16, 1950

Original lithograph printed in black ink on wove paper

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition published in conjunction with the Fernand Mourlot catalogue Picasso Lithographe, Volume II, Éditions du livre, André Sauret, Monte-Carlo, 1950; printed at Atelier Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 664.A; Mourlot 186.A.

12 9/16 x 9 ½ inches

In this composition the artist applied the lithographic ink, thinned as required, with his fingers, hence a provenance in each of Picasso’s fingerprints.
Living in Midi, France during 1950, Picasso was occupied with painting, sculpture and ceramics and produced no lithographs for almost a year. It was only with the insistance of his friends that Picasso took up his lithogarphic crayon again. The printing of the 2nd volume of the four-volume edition of “Picasso Lithographs” was nearing completion. When Mourlot went to see Picasso at Vallauris to obtain the cover lithograph, he was amazed by the work he produced taking into account that he had neither a greasy litho crayon nor a brush. But he found a way around this difficulty. He put water into the litho ink container and with his finger thinned the solidified ink. In this way he completed the extraordinarily life-like portraits of his children: Claude and Paloma.