Project Description

Pablo Picasso, Portrait de jeune Fille, d’après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958, Linoleum cut in black on thin paper, framed
Pablo Picasso, Portrait de jeune Fille, d’après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958, Linoleum cut in black on thin paper, unframed

Portrait de jeune Fille,
d’après Cranach le Jeune. II, 1958

Pablo Picasso

1881-1973

Linoleum cut in black on thin paper
Stamped in ink verso, ‘Imprimerie Arnéra Archives/ Non Signé’ Baer’s first state of two of ‘Cinquième plateau: le Noir’. An exceptionally rare proof printed in black on poster like paper. Baer records only one other impression in brown. Research suggests at least one additional impression of this state must have been printed. Although he had already made one linoleum cut in 1939, Picasso only started exploring this technique in earnest in 1953-4, with the printer Hidalgo Arnéra in Vallauris. At this time he began to experiment with making linocuts in different colors on separate blocks, which he would then superimpose on the same sheet of paper. He first attempted ‘Portrait of a Woman after Cranach the Younger’ in two colors on 3 July 1958, but the following day returned to the same subject more ambitiously. On 4 July he 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 two different states of the color blocks and three of the black in order to arrive at the final image.

A powerful image evoking a blend of Cubism and classical portraiture, this series is considered the most important of Picasso’s linoleum cuts. Although the final state of the Cranach, which is Picasso’s most sought-after linoleum cut, was printed from five separate plates, the ‘Cinquième plateau: le Noir’ is the key drawing plate for the composition.
Bloch 0859; Baer 1053a

Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title 

Portrait de jeune Fille, d’après Cranach le Jeune. II

Date

1958

Medium

Linoleum cut in black on thin paper

Inscriptions

Stamped in ink verso, ‘Imprimerie Arnéra Archives/ Non Signé’

Dimensions

25 1/4 x 20 3/4 in.

Inventory Number

914507