Tête de femme

Pablo Picasso
Tête de femme
December 20, 1945

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso lithograph print.

(Head of a Woman)

December 20, 1945

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

Hand-signed in red crayon lower left Picasso, dated on the stone lower left 2.11.45 (the date of completion of the first state).

A superb impression of Mourlot and the Picasso Project’s second and final state, from the numbered edition of 50 (there were 18 additional proofs reserved for the artist and the printer), numbered in pencil lower right. Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris; printed at Atelier Fernand Mourlot, Paris.

Catalog: Bloch 384; Mourlot 4 ii/ii; Güse/Rau 35; Reusse 38; Picasso Project 4 State 2.

Size Image: 12 ¼ x 9 5/8 inches

Sheet Size: 17 ¼ x 12 7/8 inches

On November 2nd, 1945, Picasso went to work at the lithography workshop of Fernand Mourlot. He barely left the premises for four months. He would arrive at 9:00 AM and work continuously until late at night, often after 8:00 PM. The artist tried out and utilized all the different techniques: stone, zinc, crayon, pen, wash drawing, etc., employing all the old methods of the craft. This lithograph of one of his earliest experiments in this phase of his printmaking career.