Picasso Verve 1951

In 1948, at the behest of his good friend and publisher Teriade for his popular art periodical Verve Magazine, lithographs and high quality reproductions from this critical printmaking period and photogravures of hand picked oils on canvas and drawings were featured in a special issue devoted to the work of Picasso. The issue was an instant hit in the art world of Europe and the United States.

Within just a few years Picasso's reputation as a fine art printmaker and the possibilities of graphic work as a fine art medium spread world wide, with renewed interest in prints by artists especially the avant-garde in New York and collectors. 

His second issue of Verve published in 1951 not only show cased his lithography and high quality color reproductions of his key paintings but also introduced his most recent innovations with ceramics and sculpture that he created with vigor in the South of France. This Verve issue is arguably the best single documentation of his work at this very innovative period of his career experimenting in multiple artistic media.