Pablo Picasso, Dwarf Dancer from the 'Barcelona' suite, 1966

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Dwarf Dancer from the 'Barcelona' suite, 1966
Reference:Czwiklitzer 234
Medium:Original Offset Color Lithograph
Image:22 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in (57.2 cm x 31.8 cm)
Sheet:29 1/2 in x 22 in (75 cm x 56 cm)
Framed:43 1/2 in x 33 1/2 in (110.5 cm x 85.1 cm)
Signature:This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition, the colors are bright and fresh.
ID #w-3314

Historical Description

This painterly work is full of luminous and vivid colors, depicting a dancer in an elegant red dress with a large flower on her head. From his brief Post-Impressionist period, Picasso utilizes the brush in an energetic layering of pure hues to create a vibrant scene full of motion and activity.

Created in 1966, this color lithograph is printed on Arches wove paper. Signed in the lower right by Picasso in pencil, this work is an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 60. This work is from the edition before the printed text. Published by the Museo Picasso, Palacio Aguilar, Barcelona, this work was printed by Foto-Repro S.A., Barcelona.

This work was produced in conjunction with a special Picasso exhibition at the Barcelona Museum on the occasion of the artist's 85th Birthday. The image is based on a 1901 painting in the museum's collection and is from Picasso's brief period of Post-Impressionism.

Brilliantly colored with vibrantly saturated hues, this work captures the essence of the artist's use of divided light and pure color. Depicting a dancer with brightly rouged cheeks who confronts the viewer with an air of disdain, a sense of the decadence of Spanish performance is exhibited in this image through the dress and accoutrements of the dancer.


1) Czwiklitzer, Christopher, Picasso's Posters, 1971, listed as cat no 234 with
details on pg 342.
2) Warncke, Carsten-Peter, Pablo Picasso 1881-1973, Vol I, 1994, original
painting listed on page 65.
3) Daix, Pierre and Georges Boudaille, Picasso: The Blue and Rose Periods, A
Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, 1900-1906, 1960, original painting listed
as cat no IV.2 on pg 141.

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in a dynamic black and gold leaf frame with vegetal elements. The brilliancy of the gold tone in the moulding accentuates the vibrant colors within the work. The simple yet elegant sculptural detailing in the framing compliments the painterly quality of this piece without detracting from the image. Completed with white linen wrapped mattes and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

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