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The Squire and the Clowns by Pablo Picasso

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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).

This historically important series of seven lithographs including six informative color proofs is a rare example of Picasso's exploration of color and form in his printmaking and demonstrates his innovative thinking when combining color on different plates to achieve his final image. Picasso produced 5 color proofs in 1957, but not satisfied with the result it was another four years before he returned to the work producing his final proof to his satisfaction.

Technical Details: Three Color Lithograph and individual color proofs. Sheet size 12.5 x 9.5 inches. Picasso Lithographie Volume IV, Andre Sauret, Monte Carlo, 1957-1961. #304 (seven states)