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Portrait de Jacqueline au chapeau de paille multicolore

Pablo Picasso
Portrait de Jacqueline au chapeau de paille multicolore
January 17, 1962

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso linocut print.

(Portrait of Jacqueline in a multicolored straw hat)

January 17, 1962

Original linocut printed in five colors (grey, yellow, red, light blue, violet) on wove paper bearing a portion of the “ARCHES” block letter watermark

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

A superb proof impression of the definitive state, one of approximately 20 such proofs reserved for the artist and his collaborators, apart from the numbered edition of 50, annotated “Epreuve d’artiste” in pencil in the margin lower left. Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed by Hidalgo Arnéra, Vallauris.

Catalog: Bloch 1074; Baer 1283.B.d.2.beta; McVinney 52; Karshan 74; Berggruen 333.

13 9/16 x 10 9/16 inches

Sheet Size: 24 ¾ x 17 ½ inches

Early in his career, Picasso had mastered the traditional printmaking techniques of intaglio and lithography, integrating these techniques into his artistic output. While he remained based in Paris, the workshops of Fernand Mourlot and Roger Lacourière were close at hand for the proofing of lithographs and etchings respectively. However, in 1955, he moved with Jacqueline Roque to Cannes and in 1958 to Notre-Dame-de-Vie in Mougins. The distance from his Paris printers obviously detracted from the immediacy of his printmaking, and so Picasso returned to linocut. In this endeavor he was assisted by the master printer Hidalgo Arnéra who was living nearby in Vallauris. Until the Crommelynck brothers opened their intaglio press in Mougins in 1964, Picasso’s printmaking concentrated on linocut.
The image of the artist’s second wife, Jacqueline Roque, haunts Picasso’s artistic production from the time of their meeting in 1953 and nowhere is more apparent than in the great series of linocut portraits of 1962 (Bloch 1063-1082) of which “Portrait de Jacqueline au chapeau de paille multicolore” is a superb example.

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