A superb, richly-inked impression of this large, important lithograph of Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s muse and mistress. From the edition of 50, aside from at least 5 artist’s proofs. Second state. Re-working of zinc with lithographic crayon, printed on Ingres Canson sized blue-grey paper and set on Arches wove paper. Printed by Mourlot, Paris.
Bloch 681; Mourlot 195
”Françoise sur fond gris” is one of Picasso’s most poignant and sentimental portraits of Françoise Gilot. He captures her beauty inside and out, while completely mastering the lithography medium. Picasso’s ability to create density of lines, shading and depth in this medium is remarkable, and a true example of his artistic skill. In this work, the exceptionally graceful Gilot models for the artist in an intimate and serene moment. An exquisite work of art for a Picasso, or Gilot, art connoisseur.