Pablo Picasso, Flower (Fleur), 1961

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Flower (Fleur), 1961
Medium: Color Lithograph
Image Size: 18 in x 12 in (45 cm x 31 cm)
Sheet Size: 24 in x 18 3/4 in (60.3 cm x 47.6 cm)
Framed Size: 38 in x 33 in (96.5 cm x 84 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left margin and dated in the stone in black in the lower center "21.11.61."
Signature: This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins,1973) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price: Sold Inquire
ID # w-4023

With simple yet expressive strokes, Picasso depicts a vibrant red-orange flower blossoming forth from an open book. Picasso relays his ability to capture more with less, as he focuses solely on his subject, leaving the background blank to further highlight the central figures of the flower and book. We cannot decipher the text but get a sense of the identity of the book through Picasso's swift black strokes. Ultimately, it does not matter exactly what the book that inspired this was - perhaps this is more of a rendition of a feeling that Picasso sought to convey. Rooted in the book, the beautiful flower grows upwards, flourishing from the knowledge that it finds within the text. It needs nothing more than the nourishment that the book provides, and the roots, stem, leaves, and brilliantly red and yellow petals are visible to the viewer. Though this work is open to interpretation, we can perhaps infer that Picasso wished to highlight the importance of education and knowledge to intellectual and artistic growth.

Picasso often used flowers to depict the fruitful bearings of some action. They have been used to signify the peace between people, among other things. Here, Picasso treads a similar line, where the flowers are indicative of the important things there are to gain from education.

Created in 1961, this color lithograph is dated in the stone: '21.11.61' and numbered from the edition of 150 in pencil in the lower left margin. This work is also hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and signed in the stone in black in the lower left.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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

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