Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline à l'Atelier (Jacqueline at the Easel), 1956

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Jacqueline à l’Atelier (Jacqueline at the Easel), 1956
Medium:Original Color Lithograph with Pochoir
Signature:Hand-signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in the lower right margin
ID #w-2249

Historical Description

In Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline à l'Atelier (Jacqueline at the Easel), 1956, Picasso creates a thoughtful image Jacqueline at work on a still life painting.  The dominance of blue tones gives a calm restive quality which compliments the fluid imagery.

This is an after work created from a painting by Picasso between April 3-7, 1956.  Published by Guy Spitzer, Paris, there features an inscription on the verso detailing artist, title, and edition of the piece.  The work is numbered 254/330 in pencil in the lower left and signed by Picasso in the lower right.

Depicted in sharp profile, Jacqueline looks thoughtfully at her current composition comprised of alternating square and circular forms.  Picasso carefully depicts the figure’s large inky black eyes, long black hair and delicate shoulders.  The cane chair and raw canvas, lends a sense of domestic comfort to the image, drawn from the artist’s every day experience.  Of Jacqueline’s influence on Picasso’s work Rodrigo has stated, “the serene and earnest aura emanating from Jacqueline will not only be reflected in his purely classical representations, but will also be reflected in the general features of all his female figures; in the midst of the confrontation of planes and the distortion of forms, Jacqueline’s spirit blooms” (Rodrigo, 1,679).

One of the most revolutionary artists of the twentieth century Picasso was a contemporary to Villon, Moore, Masson, Leger, Archipenko, Braque and Chagall.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline à l'Atelier (Jacqueline at the Easel), 1956 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. Wofsy, Alan. Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculptures, The Fifties II 1956 – 1959, listed on page 22 as plate 56-061.

2. FitzGerald, Michael.  Picasso: The Artist’s Studio. 2001. Listed on page 154 as plate 42.

3. Spitzer, Guy. Éditions Guy Spitzer, Reproductions de Tableaux de Maitres, Paris. Detailed and illustrated on pg. 27.

About the Framing:
Pablo Picasso, Jacqueline à l'Atelier (Jacqueline at the Easel), 1956 is conservation framed and glazed in a fabulous custom-made moulding with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold fillet.  This classic work is decorated with a beautiful, golden Baroque pattern which serves to accentuate the delicate curves within Picasso’s composition.  Finished with an archival, Plexiglas® cover.


Subject Matter: Femme