Françoise sur fond gris, 1950
Lithograph with wash and lithographic crayon on Ingres Canson blue-grey paper set on Arches wove paper
Signed and numbered ’21/50′ in pencil Second state.
Re-working of zinc with lithographic crayon, printed on Ingres Canson sized blue-grey paper and set on Arches wove paper.
From the edition of 50, aside from at least 5 artist’s proofs. A superb, richly-inked impression of this large, important lithograph of Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s muse and mistress.
Literature: Stone Echoes: Original Prints by Françoise Gilot. A Catalogue Raisoneé. Introduction
In 1946, Gilot and Picasso began a relationship and Françoise became both a witness and a participant in one of the last great periods of the modern art movement in Europe. Their circle included poets, philosophers, writers, and many of the legends of the art world, such as Braque, Chagall, Cocteau and Matisse. This artistic union was also shared with their two children, Claude and Paloma.
By late 1953, the relationship with Picasso had run its course and Gilot left the home she shared with him in Vallauris and returned to Paris with their children. Picasso’s collaboration with the Mourlot atelier was a productive and gratifying one. Roland Penrose recounts the first lithograph Picasso conceived upon his return was the portrait of a girl in full face, ”The regular olive-shaped outline of the head, and the straight nose, have classical proportion, and the well-formed mouth set in the cup of a firm but graceful chin is the clue to an independent character. The model was Françoise Gilot.” (Picasso: His Life and Work, 1958).
This work is one of Picasso’s most poignant and sentimental portraits of Gilot. He captures her beauty inside and out, while completely mastering lithography. Picasso’s ability to create density of lines, shading and depth in this medium is remarkable, and a true example of his artistic skill. An exquisite work of art for a Picasso, or Gilot, art connoisseur.
Bloch 681; Mourlot 195
29 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.
Françoise sur fond gris
Lithograph with wash and lithographic crayon
Signed and numbered ’21/50′ in pencil
29 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.