Title: The Painter II | Le peintre II, 1963
Technique: Hand Signed and Numbered Collotype with Pochoir on Wove Paper
Paper size: 93.5 x 74.3 cm. / 36.8 x 29.3 in.
Image size: 76.5 x 59.5 cm. / 30.1 x 23.5 in.
Additional Information: This collotype with pochoir is hand signed in blue crayon “Picasso” at the lower right corner. The plate has also been signed by Picasso in the lower left.
It is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 350, at the lower left margin.
The work was published by Guy Spitzer in 1963 in a limited edition of 350 impressions.
The blindstamp of the publisher is in the lower image, as issued.
The inkstamp of the publisher is verso, “Guy Spitzer, Pablo Picasso Le Peintre | Tirage signé par l’artiste numeroté et limité a 350 exemplaires | Cette épreuve port le No.”.
This work is based on Picasso’s oil painting of the same title that was painted in the 30th of March 1963 in Mougins (Zervos Vol. XXIII:198).
Note: Picasso’s Le Peintre II was created using hand applied Pochoir colouring, this is a unique technique in printmaking that closely resembles painted watercolours. The pochoir technique is applied to the finished print, thereby intensifying colour and making each print unique. The pochoir in this print can be found along the shadow of the painter’s head, canvas, and arm.
1. Wofsy, A. (2002). The Picasso Project: The Sixties II. Recorded with letter from Guy Spitzer on page X. (Letter from Guy Spitzer to Alan Wofsy, July 1973, discussing Le Peintre)
2. Spitzer, G. Editeur d’Art, Editions Guy Spitzer, Paris, plate 8.
3. Picasso and the Allure of Language Exhibition Catalogue, Yale University Art Museum 2008.