Pablo Picasso, Fleur (Flower), 1961

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Fleur (Flower), 1961
Medium:Color lithograph on Arches Paper with Arches Watermark
Image Size:16 x 11 (40.6 cm x 27.9 cm)
Sheet Size:20 in x 15 in (50.8 cm x 38.1 cm)
Framed Size:approx. 30 1/8 in x 23 5/8 in (76.5 cm x 60 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left.
Signature:This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins,1973) in pencil in the lower right and signed and dated "21.11.61." in the stone in black in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition
ID #W-7860

Historical Description

Pablo Picasso Fleur (Flower) 1961 is a whimsical piece, charming in its simplicity and bold lines. An open book lies diagonally across the lower half of the page. The pseudo-writing in the book is intertwined with the organic roots that rise off the book pages into the stem of a delightfully bright red and yellow flower. Despite the playful simplicity of the piece, each line is strong and deliberate, giving the drawing a beautiful solidity. The genuine charm of the work is reminiscent of Picasso’s iconic Peace Dove; the Flower, like the Dove, uses minimal graphic lines to its advantage to create an instantly memorable symbol. The original drawing of the flower was first created by Picasso for the cover of the French magazine Clarté, and there’s no denying that it’s a beautifully effective cover image. The suggestion of life and growth originating from knowledge is simple yet powerful, endowing the piece with the colorful brilliance exemplary of Picasso’s work.

Created in 1961, this color lithograph is hand signed by Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins,1973) in pencil in the lower right and signed and dated "21.11.61." in the stone in black in the lower left.  This work is numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left. This color lithograph was created after the original pencil drawing of a flower drawn for the cover of Clarté magazine.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Flower (Fleur), 1961 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 sale of the work).

1. Wofsy, Alan. Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue 1885 - 1973 ; the Picasso Project The Sixties I: 1960-1963. San Francisco: Wofsy Fine Arts, 2002. The original pencil drawing listed an illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 61-222.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards Picasso Flower (Fleur) 1961 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

Subject Matter: Flowers