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10 March 2018

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Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973

Tête de Jeune Fille. Head of a Girl. 1945.

1945

Original lithograph in black ink.  1945. Signed in pencil. Numbered in pencil 15 from the edition of 50. (There were also 18 impressions which were retained by Picasso). Drawn and printed at the Atelier Mourlot in December 1945. Edition sold by Galerie Leiris (previously Galerie Kahnweiler), Paris 1945/46.

 

Ref:  Mourlot – Picasso Lithographs no 5.

Bloch – Picasso L’Oeuvre Gravée no  383

Hatje-Rau – Picasso Die Lithographien no 39

Reusse – Picasso The Lithographs no 45

Provenance: Bought Paris c. 1946 – transported to Rome. Exported from Italy (Customs Stamp verso) 1949. Private Collection USA Estate Harriet Bashein, USA

Superb very strongly contrasted Impression. On pale cream wove Arches paper. Excellent condition – the faintest trace of old mount hinges on the reverse. Full sheet: 442 x 332 mm.

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One of the great and most visually powerful images of the very first period of Picasso’s work in lithography drawn at the Mourlot Studio in the winter of 1945 at the end of the War.

Picasso had worked a little in lithography in the pre-war years of the 1920’s. However, as the end of the War and the collapse German occupation of Paris approached, encouraged by other artist friends he decided to go to see Fernand Mourlot at the Atelier Mourlot in Paris, acknowledged as the greatest lithography studio in the world at that time, to try and understand the creative possibilities of the medium more fully.

On the 2nd November 1945 Picasso had his first session at the studio. The story of how Mourlot arranged a lengthy demonstration for Picasso of the differing ways of working the stone, of how Picasso interrupted him after about 2 hours asking if he could try himself, and then promptly worked in a totally different way, using collaged pieces of inked transfer paper to create angular shapes in a manner never previously seen by Mourlot, to create a marvelous ‘Tête de Femme’ (M. no 1) is very well known.

On that day Picasso drew three other ‘Tête de Femme’ compositions (M.  nos 2, 3 and 4). Two days later, on the 5th of November, he returned to the Atelier consumed with enthusiasm for this new medium, and began work on ‘Tête de Jeune Fille’. Over further visits on the 24th and 26th of November, and then finally on the 17th of December he completed this astonishingly powerful work.

 
 
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