aquatint and etching, Peintre
au Travail avec Modèle Barbu et Une Spectatrice assise en
17.11.1963 (Painter at work with bearded model and seated spectator) was created November
17, 1963 and so dated in the etching plate.
The etching was created as a frontispiece for the Jaime Sabartes
publication "Les Bleus de Barcelone"
published in 1963. The book was printed in an edition of 500 and
an additional 75 were accompanied by a signed original print.
This is one of the 75 original prints,
numbered 46/75 and signed by Picasso.
The paper has the watermark of Richard de Bas, the famed French paper
maker and Au Vent d'Arles, the publisher.
The "Barcelone" suite was of
12 reproductions of Picasso watercolors and pastels where Picasso
signed the title page of the book. Should you have interest in
seeing images from that suite, let us know. They are available
for acquisition for $2,250 to $2,750 for the individual images
from the suite.
This etching was printed by brothers Piero (1934-2001) and Aldo
Crommelynck who, in 1963, set up a studio in Mougins when Picasso was
82 years old. Picasso's prolific production relied on the
absolute trust he had between himself and the master engravers.
an excellent example of Picasso's mixed media graphics. In this
he starting with line etching and then added aquatint to achieve
effects of light and darkness and tonal qualities similar to that
achieved in paintings.