Aldo Crommelynck first met Picasso as a rising printmaker in the Atelier Lacouriere. As with Lacouriere previously, Picasso would create extensive an series in close collaboration with Crommelynck. The 347 Series, named for the number of etchings created for it, was completed in 1968 and caused some stir in Paris with its often erotic themes. The 156 Series, created between 1970 and 1972, was the last major print series Picasso created.
Crommelynck began his relationships with many of the preeminent modern artists there, such as Miró, Léger and Matisse. He left the atelier in 1955, having already established himself as a creative and technically meticulous printer. Along with his brothers, he opened his atelier in Paris, and continued to work with Picasso. In fact, when the artist moved to Mougins, Aldo and Piero set up a printing workshop nearby to accomodate his work, and would print all of Picasso’s etchings until the end of the artist’s life in 1973.
Learn more about Aldo Crommelynck at our exhibition PICASSO – Unique Proofs from His Ateliers at Galerie Michael, May 5 – June 5, 2012.