Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973
Buste de Femme au Fichu. Girl in a Scarf. 1939-42. Portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter.
Original aquatint, drypoint and engraving in black ink. 1939-1942. One of only six existing impressions before the steel-facing of the plate and printed at the studio of Roger Lacourière in 1942. (There are probably no impressions dating from 1939).
Subsequently in 1948 and 1961 impressions were printed from the plate which had been steel-faced (reducing the delicacy of the finest tonal variations); those finally printed in 1961, in an edition of 69, were published in 1980 with the addition of a stamp signature).
The earliest proofs before the steel-facing and with the plate in its original condition, as here, are extremely rare.
Early Provenance: Collection Roger Lacourière, the printer. Private Collection USA.
Ref: Baer - Picasso Peintre Graveur no 672. This impression cited by Baer as ‘b no 4’.
Note: The only known 1942 impression, as here, which is recorded as pencil signed is the ‘bon à tirer’ (now in a private collection).
Absolutely superb rich proof impression. On pale cream wove Montval paper, watermarked Vollard. Superb condition. Full margins. Sheet: 448 x 340mm. Plate: 258x222mm.
This study of Marie-Thérèse shows the extraordinary delicacy and beauty of tonal variation which Picasso achieved in his monochrome aquatint prints by the end of the 1930’s and first years of the 1940’s. It is a masterpiece of his printmaking of this period.
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