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Pablo Picasso, Le Clown (The Clown), 1968

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Artist Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title Le Clown (The Clown), 1968
Medium Color Lithograph
Image Size 17 in x 17 in (43.2 cm x 43.2 cm)
Sheet Size 26 in x 19 in (66 cm x 48.3 cm)
Framed Size 37 in x 34 1/2 in (94 cm x 87.6 cm)
Edition Numbered from the edition of 300 in the lower left.
Signature This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin; also signed and dated in the stone in the lower left.
Condition This work is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price Sold
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ID # w-4568

Returning to a fond theme, Picasso depicts Le Clown with an illustrative handling that walks the line of cartoon. Despite the simplicity, Picasso creates a subject that is full of life and character, expressively drawn so we know the finest details of his rugged stubble. Picasso uses primarily two colors here - bright red and vibrant green - along with a smattering of dark blue to add some detail. The blue is used almost entirely in the outfit of the clown, to provide the small lines that color in between the red. The clowns face is mostly green, with the beard and hair drawn as such. But straight in the center of the face is a large red nose - something that we now think of as a defining character of a clown. It is hard to know whether that was Picasso's aim - he is also known for depicting faces with boldly colored features, but nonetheless this image indubitably reads "clown". How enjoyable it is to take in this smiling clown with his piercing stare and slight smile, his personality exuding from the bright and graphic depiction. With its striking composition, of undulating strokes and rhythmic stripes in vibrant hues, this whimsical work proves its artistic merit.

Created in 1968, this color lithograph was printed by Mourlot, Paris, and was published by Yamet Arts. It is hand signed in the lower right margin by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in pencil and signed in the stone in the lower left. This work is numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left margin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Pablo Picasso The Clown (Le Clown), 1968 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with linen-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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