Málaga 1881- 1973 Mougins (Spanish)

Title: Caricature of General de Gaulle and Two Women, from: Series 347| Caricature du général de Gaulle et deux femmes, 1968

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Drypoint, Aquatint with Scraper on Wove Paper

Paper size: 47.4 x 56.5 cm. / 18.6 x 22.2 x in.
Image size: 31.5 x 39.5 cm. / 12.4 x 15.5 in.

Additional Information: This drypoint, aquatint with scraper is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” at the lower right margin. It is dated in the plate “21.4.68.I.”
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin. There were also 17 artist’s proofs aside from the standard edition.
This etching was printed in 1968 by the Crommelynck Brothers in France and published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris the following year.
This work is the 45th composition in the 347 series.

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 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.

Provenance: Estate of Henri Marie Petiet (1894-1980)

Literature: Bloch, G. (1968). Pablo Picasso: Tome II, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1966-69. Berne: Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein.
Reference: Bloch 1525

Condition: Excellent condition.