Venus Et L'Amour by Pablo Picasso
In 1946 at the invitation of Fernand Mourlot, Picasso spent an intense period of several months learning and ultimately re-inventing lithography. Unlike many artists of his generation familiar with printmaking, Picasso was never formally taught and relied heavily on his printers to navigate many of the technical problems that needed solving to produce what he wanted. Mourlot made the observation that "During this period Picasso exhausted the possibilities of the process". The lithographs he made at Mourlot were quickly disseminated and seen throughout Europe and the United States, where many artists for the first time saw the infinite creative possibilities and innovations possible with lithography.
With meticulous detail, Fernand Mourlot documented all the graphic works he printed for Picasso and created with Andre Sauret what is the arguably the most comprehensive publication of Picasso's graphic works printed at the Mourlot titled, Picasso Lithographie, with high quality color lithographs spanning the most critical, influential and historically important period of his lithography with Mourlot (1947-1963).
Picasso's treatment of the classical theme of Venus and Love is an informative glimpse into his innovative rendering and reworking of this timeless theme on the lithographic stone. The changes he made to the face in particular, from realism to, cubist-like, to no face at all is a marvellous demonstration of the enormous range of creative possibilities in modern art using this versatile medium.
Technical Details: Lithographs. Sheet size 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Picasso Lithographie Volume III, Andre Sauret, Monte Carlo, 1949. #181-14 (total 6 illustrations including verso)