Second Peace Congress 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.
Mourlot's own color lithograph production titled "Art in Posters" in 1959, is arguably the most important documentation of the Golden Age of mid-20th century fine art color lithography anywhere in Europe and includes all the Lithographic Posters that Picasso made at this workshop.
Technical Details: Three color lithograph. Sheet size 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Frontispiece, Fernand Mourlot, Art in Posters: The Complete Posters of Braque, Chagall, Dufy, Leger, Matisse, Miro and Picasso, Andre Sauret, Monte Carlo, 1959. #62