This original lithograph by Picasso was printed in 1956. The artist created this work as the cover of the reference catalog of his lithographs that Fernand Mourlot compiled. This made all the catalogs extremely exclusive and valuable. To this day the set of 4 volumes sells regularly at Sotheby’s and Christie’s for thousands of dollars. Each of the 4 designs are very particular and reflect the subjects that Picasso was addressing over the decades spent at my family’s studio.
This particular variant is printed on an ocher background. It is both playful and lyrical. At that time, Picasso started spending more time in the South of France and he was in transition between his relationships (Francoise to Jacqueline)… Hence the Centaur on the left of the front cover (right on the image)
This being the cover of a catalog, it has a slightly larger run than the usual editions. 3000 were created for the cover, a couple of dozen proofs were printed for the artist and the printer. This particular one comes from our collection and was never folded.
It is in pristine condition.
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Certificate of Provenance: Each individual work of art carefully curated by Mourlot Editions comes with a Certificate of Provenance, signed, dated, stamped, and numbered by Eric Mourlot. Stored in a clear protective sleeve accompanying your piece, this certificate guarantees the origin and authenticity of your personal lithograph.