PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973
Málaga 1881- 1973 Mougins (Spanish)
Title: Patron and his Entourage Visit the Painter’s Studio, from: Series 347 | Patron et sa suite en visite à l’atelier du vieux peintre, 1968
Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint and Drypoint on Wove Paper
Image size: 16.7 x 20.8 cm. / 6.5 x 8.2 in.
Paper size: 34.5 x 28 cm. / 13.5 x 11 in.
Additional Information: This etching is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” at the lower right margin. It is dated in the plate 25.5.68.II.
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left corner.
It was printed in 1968 by the Crommelynck Brothers in France and published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris in an edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions. In addition, there were 17 artist’s proofs.
Note: The “347 Series” was, in printmaking, the undertaking which defined late Picasso. This prodigious outpouring of work, dating from March 16th–October 5th, 1968, deals with all of his old themes and fantasies, adding an obsession newly central in the late 60s, the artist as voyeur. It is in this role, rather than that of a protagonist, that the artist figures in these fantastic narrations.
In order to be able to work with full freedom and concentration, Picasso had his printers, the brothers Crommelynck, bring the etching plates and hand press to his farmhouse near Cannes.
Literature: Bloch, Georges, 1968, Pablo Picasso: Tome II, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1966-69, Berne Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein.
Reference: Bloch 1590
Condition: Excellent condition.