John Szoke Gallery

The Printmaker of Modern Life: Picasso Lithographs

The Printmaker of Modern Life: Picasso Lithographs

The John Szoke Gallery presents The Printmaker of Modern Life: Picasso Lithographs, a revelatory exhibition exploring Pablo Picasso’s prolific work in the medium of lithography.

Lithographs differ from other print techniques starting from the beginning, where the artist “draws” his image either directly or through a transfer process onto a large, heavy stone with a greasy crayon-like pencil. The process of finalizing the image is not quick, nor is it done on the fly – not quite an image sketched in the park.

Atelier Mourlot was equally impressed with Picasso’s prodigious talent for grasping new forms of graphic art, calling his urgency, his drive to mastery, “merciless.” He worked the poor stone from eight in the morning to eight in the evening. During that time, the studio workmen would prepare a stone, Picasso would create the image, they’d pull a number of impressions, and immediately, he would be ready to embark on a second state. And on and on. Between each state, the lithographers would need to retouch the stone. Usually, all that treatment would alter the original design, more or less rendering it indecipherable – but, the studio says, there was a potency to Picasso’s work. “Each time [he made another state] it turned out well.” The process became part of the resultant image – as our toad(Boch 585) shows. Through compulsive trial and error (multiplied by innumerable states) he forged a distinct lithographic style.

Image Credit:

Le Crapaud, (Bloch 585), 1949, lithograph, 19 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches

Pablo Picasso

Visage de Marie-Thérèse

1928

Lithograph on Japon paper One of twenty-five hors-commerce impressions, outside the edition of 200 Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Numbered HC 1/25 in pencil, lower left Printed by Marchizet Published by G. Crès et Cie, 1928 Image: 8 x 51⁄2 inches Sheet: 10 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches (Bloch 95; Baer 243.c.3; Mourlot XXIII; Cramer 16)

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Pablo Picasso

Profil au fond noir

1947

Lithograph From the edition of 50 Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Numbered 46/50 in pencil, lower left Inscribed "13263 B437 - 20025" in pencil, top left verso Printed by Mourlot, Paris, 1947 Image: 20 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches Sheet: 22 1/8 x 15 inches Framed: 32 x 24 1/8 inches (Bloch 437) (Mourlot 82) (Reuβe 200)

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Pablo Picasso, Max Pelleqeur, and Georges Braque at an exhibition at Atelier Mourlot

Pablo Picasso

Femme Au Fauteuil No 4 (d'aprés le violet)

1949

Lithograph printed in black on Arches wove paper From the edition of 50, of the fifth (final) state Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Numbered "17/50" in pencil, lower left Printed by Mourlot, 1949 Image: 27 7/8 x 20 1/2 inches Sheet: 30 x 22 1/4 inches Frame: 38 x 32 inches (Bloch 588) (Mourlot 137) (Reuße 423)

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Pablo Picasso

Les deux femmes nues

1945

Lithograph printed on Vellum paper From the proof of 1st(of eighteen) state, reserved for the artist; there was no edition of this state Marina Picasso stamp lower right verso (L.6627) Printed by Mourlot, 1958-59 Image: 9 7/8 x 13 inches Sheet: 12 9/16 x 17 5/16 inches Framed: 20 x 22 3/4 inches (Mourlot 16) (Rau 68)

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La Colombe (Bloch 583), 1949, lithograph, 21 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches

Pablo Picasso

Le Crapaud

1949

Lithograph on Arches wove paper Signed lower right, in red crayon Numbered 21/50 lower left, in pencil From the edition of 50 Printed by Mourlot Published by Galerie Simon (Bloch 585; Mourlot 144; Hatje Cantz 448) Image: 19 1/2 x 25 1/4 inches Sheet: 19 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches

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Pablo Picasso

Paris, 14 Juillet 42

1942

Lithograph printed on Arches with Arches watermark One of three trial proofs Dated "Paris, 14 Juillet 42" in plate in reverse, lower left Printed by Mourlot, 1945 Image: 17 1/8 x 24 3/8 inches Sheet: 19 3/4 x 26 inches Framed: 24 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches (Baer 682 V.B.b.Note)

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Le Taureau noir(Bloch 446), 1947, lithograph, 16 x 23 3/4 inches

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L'Italienne (d'après le tableau de Victor Orsel)

Pablo Picasso

1953

Lithograph with scraper printed on Arches with Arches watermark From the edition of 50 of the second state Signed by the artist in pencil, lower right Numbered 13/50 in pencil, lower left Printed by Mourlot, 1955 Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, 1955 Image: 17 1/2 x 15 inches Sheet: 25 1/8 x 19 1/2 inches Framed: 32 3/8 x 26 1/2 inches (Bloch 740) (Mourlot 238.2) (Reuße 624)

Pablo Picasso

Jacqueline de Profil à droite

1958

Lithograph printed on Arches wove with Arches watermark From the edition of 50 Signed in pencil, lower right Numbered 11/50 in pencil, lower left Printed by Mourlot, 1958-59 Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, 1958-59 Image: 22 x 17 3/8 inches Sheet: 25 ¾ x 19 3/4 inches (Bloch 854; Mourlot 310; Reuße 742)

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Pablo Picasso

Jacqueline au Mouchoir noir

1959

Lithograph printed on Arches wove with Arches watermark Artist's proof of the third (final) state, outside the edition of 50 Signed by the artist in pencil, lower left Printed by Mourlot, 1959 Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, 1959 Image/sheet: 25 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches Framed: 35 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches (silver) (Bloch 874) (Mourlot 316) (Reuße 709)

Pablo Picasso

Femme au Corsage à Fleurs

1957

Lithograph on zinc plate From the edition of 50 Signed by the artist in red pencil, lower right Numbered 47/50 in pencil, bottom left Image: 24 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches Sheet: 25 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches Framed: 30 1/2 x 24 5/8 inches (Bloch 846) (Mourlot 307, first state) (Reuße 728)

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