Rare Picasso lithographs on show in London
Wednesday 23 March 2011
16 rare examples of Pablo Picasso lithograph portraits go on show at a London gallery tomorrow.
The portraits, several of which depict Picasso’s mistresses, are some of the most interesting examples of the artist’s experiments with lithographic printing.
The majority of pieces were produced as successive stages of a print run and as such never intended for public display. They are resultantly highly sought after with prices ranging from £12,000 - £150,000.
Lithography, which involves etching a stone or metal plate and covering it in ink before pressing onto paper, was purportedly taken up by Picasso after he visited the Mourlot Studios print shop in Paris in the late 1940s and 1950s.
The exhibition includes ‘Femme Assise et Dormeuse,’ one of Picasso’s earliest Lithographs dating from 1947. Several versions of the piece exist, from “reserved” proofs to final numbered and signed editions.
All the portraits are of women, either in nude or in formal neo classical poses. His muses Francoise Gilot (‘Femme au Fauteuil No. 1 (2nd State)’, 1948) and Marie-Thérèse Walter feature heavily.
The exhibition will be at the Alan Cristea gallery on Cork Street from tomorrow until 21 April.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
Stolen Instagram photo sells for $90,000
Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or prize goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Game of Thrones, The Gift, Season 5, Episode 7: Why two of the show’s most iconic characters just met
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland