Málaga 1881- 1973 Mougins (Spanish)

Title: Jacqueline, as Nude Maja, with Celestine and two Musketeers, from: Suite 347 | Jacqueline, en Maja nue, avec la Célestine et deux mousquetaires, 1968

Technique: Original Hand Signed and Numbered Aquatint on Wove Paper

Paper size: 31.2 x 36.3 cm. / 12.3 x 14.3 in.
Image size: 17.5 x 22 cm. / 6.9 x 8.7 in.

Additional Information: This original aquatint is hand signed in pencil by the artist “Picasso” at the lower right margin,
It is also hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 50, at the lower left margin.
It is dated in the plate 20.7.68.IV (20th July 1968).
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.

Note: This work is an important fusion of Picasso’s personal style with that of the great Francisco de Goya. Throughout his career Picasso often placed himself amongst the most significant figures of art history as an homage to the Masters. The central subject is the artist’s second wife Jacqueline Roque, but in this subject, her reclined pose is evocative but not a copy of Goya’s portrait of “La Maja Desnuda”.
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.

Provenance: Henri Marie Petiet (1894-1980), Paris. With his ink stamp, verso.

1) Bloch, G. (1968), Pablo Picasso: Tome II, Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1966-69, Bern: Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein.
Reference: Bloch 1692
2) Baer, B. (1992). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome II, Catalogue Raisonne de l’OEuvre Grave. Bern: Editions Kornfeld.
Reference: Baer 1708 B.b.1

Condition: Excellent condition.