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Pablo Picasso, Artist Painting Female Model, 1970

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Artist Painting Female Model, 1970
Medium:Original color offset lithograph on glossy wove paper
Image:61 1/2 in x 46 in (156 cm x 117 cm)
Sheet:61 1/2 in x 46 in (156 cm x 117 cm)
Framed:approx. 71 1/2 in x 56 in (182 cm x 142 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 in red crayon in the upper right; annotated '17.7.70 I' in black in the stone in the upper right.
Signature:Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881- Mougins, 1973) in red crayon in the upper right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition, a bright fresh impression.
ID #w-7394
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Historical Description

This awe-inspiring print is Picasso's largest graphic work, a truly tremendous piece in his artistic oeuvre. With its glossy finish and large size, this work instantly captures the viewer's eye. Two independent entities, a painter and his beautiful model, merge seamlessly and gracefully together in this monumental abstract figurative work. Outlined in thick, red lines, these two figures stand out against the shiny gold background.

Perfectly exemplifying Picasso's ability to abstract the human form, this work encourages us to question the components of the two central figures. While we can gather that the painter, depicted in profile, holds a brush to a canvas with a sleeping nude behind him, the figures' limbs and faces appear elegantly distorted. The painter's hand cuts diagonally between the model's breasts, while the model's feet emerge from behind the painter, whose elongated face features a large nose and eye with a delicate mouth and vibrant blue hair. The entire work, though abstracted and created on a large scale, relays a sense of balance and harmony, displaying Picasso's immense skill as an artist.

Created in 1970, this original color offset lithograph is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881- Mougins, 1973) in red crayon in the upper right and numbered from the edition of 100 in red crayon in the upper right; also annotated '17.7.70 I' in black in the stone in the upper right.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Czwiklitzer, Christoph von. Pablo Picasso Plakate 1923-1973. Munchen: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1981. Listed as catalogue no. 357.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso Artist Painting Female Model, 1970 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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