Pablo Picasso is considered the most pivotal, cutting-edge artist of the 20th century, challenging artistic mediums to attain the optimum results for his artworks. Printmaking was a true passion for Picasso, and he was a major innovator in the medium. He consistently altered his methods to achieve unparalleled qualities in his original graphic works.
Highlights include an incredibly rare series of Portrait de jeune fille, d’après Cranach le Jeune. II, (1958), considered a 20th century masterpiece, and arguably the most defining color print ever created. For this ambitious undertaking, Picasso made five different linoleum blocks – sepia, yellow, red, blue and black – to be superimposed on each other in that order. He then proceeded to print different proofs, in the process making different states of the blocks to arrive at the final image. A powerful image with rich colors, evoking a blend of Cubism and classical portraiture, this series is considered the most important of Picasso’s linoleum cuts. Works of this rarity are truly only seen in museum collections.