Project Description

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

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

Pablo Picasso

1881-1973

Linoleum cut in black on wove paper
A rare working printer’s trial proof of the first state, ‘Cinquième plateau: le Noir’,
printed in black ink, prior to the edition.
Possibly the only known proof in existence,
with partial remains of another unidentifiable proof verso, printed in black.
Printed by Imprimerie Arnéra, Vallauris. Baer’s first state of two.

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 linoleum cuts 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, ‘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 wove paper

Inscriptions

Dimensions

38 x 29 3/8 in.

Inventory Number

914938