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Picasso and the Linocut

Picasso and the Linocut

Pablo Picasso

Linocut is a linoleum-based printmaking technique whose simple production has lent it an association with early advertising. It is most comparable to woodcut, in that the creator cuts material away from the flat surface of a block. When the block is inked with a roller, the cut away places don’t take any ink so that, when inked and printed, the cut away pieces become the remaining composition.

It was a time-consuming process, tedious. And it would produce a color registration that was less than clean-cut, at that. To reduce the time needed to lay the color, and to enhance the cleanness of the registration, Picasso thought of a shortcut. the “reduction” technique – one credited to his invention and that was cultivated with the support of his printer, Arnéra.

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Nature Morte au Verre sous La Lampe, 1962, linocut, 20 13/16 x 25 1/8 inches

Pablo Picasso

Portrait de Jacqueline aux cheveux lisses

1962

Image: 25 3/16 x 20 11/16 inches Sheet: 29 5/8 x 24 7/16 inches Framed: 37 1/4 x 31 3/4 inches

Color linocut printed in beige, yellow, red, blue, and black on cream wove paper with Arches watermark

From the edition of 50 Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Numbered 41/50 in pencil, lower left Printed by Arnéra, Vallauris Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris 1963 (Bloch 1066) (Baer 1302.IV.B.a (v,b))

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Pablo Picasso

Portrait de Jacqueline en Carmen (L'Espagnole)

1962

Image: 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches Sheet: 24 1/2 x 17 3/8 inches Framed: 30 x 23 inches

Linocut in three colors on Arches paper

Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Numbered 17/50 in pencil, lower left From the edition of 50 of the fourth and final state Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1963 (Bloch 1095) (Baer 1324.B.a)

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Pablo Picasso

Nature Morte au Verre sous La Lampe

1962

Image: 20 13/16 x 25 1/8 inches Sheet: 24 7/16 x 29 9 /16 inches Framed: 31 5/8 x 35 5/8 inches

Linocut printed in yellow, red, green, and black on Arches paper

Signed in pencil, lower right. Numbered 44/50 in pencil, lower left. Customs stamp, upper right verso.
Printed by Arnéra. Published by Galerie Louis Leiris, 1963. (Bloch 1101) (Baer 1312.V.B.a)

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Pablo Picasso

Portrait de femme à la fraise et au chapeau

1962

Image: 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 inches Sheet: 24 7/16 x 17 5/16 inches Framed: 34 x 26 3/4 inches

Color linocut printed on cream wove paper with Arches watermark

From the edition of 50 Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Numbered 19/50 in pencil, lower left Printed by Arnéra, Vallauris Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris 1963 (Bloch 1145) (Baer 1323.VII.B.a.1 (v,2))

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Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe, 1962, linocut, 20 7/8 x 25 1/8 inches

Pablo Picasso

Portrait de Jacqueline

1963

Image: 25 ¼ x 20 7/8 inches Sheet: 29 ¾ x 24 3/8 inches Framed: 36 x 31 1/2 inches

Linocut rincé printed in cream with China Ink on Arches paper

Signed, dedicated and dated 'pour Norman Granz/ son ami Picasso/le. 18.5.69' upper right, in felt-tip pen 5 impressions pulled Printed by Arnéra, 1963 (Baer 1245.C)

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Pablo Picasso

Portrait de femme de profil

1965

Sheet: 29 ½ X 24 ½ inches Framed: 38 x 32 ½ inches

Linocut printed in white rincée with India ink black on Arches wove paper with Arches watermark

One of approximately six recorded rincées proofs (there are also one or two proofs printed in black) Printed by Arnéra, Vallauris (Baer 1361)

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Picasso with Linocut, 1959

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Peintre et modèle au fauteuil

Pablo Picasso

1963

Image: 20 7/8 x 25 ¼ inches Sheet: 24 ½ x 29 5/8 inches Framed: 32 1/2 x 36 3/4 inches

Linocut rincé printed in cream with China Ink on Arches paper

Signed, dedicated and dated 'pour Norman Granz/ son ami Picasso/le. 18.5.69' upper right, in felt-tip pen Baer's first state (of two). One of approximately five impressions (there were also five impressions printed in brown and black). Printed by Arnéra, 1963 (Baer 1347, Z-XXIII 375)

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