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Tohu Tohu

Tohu

Item Code: PP-diurnes12-u
Medium
Collotype
Date of Work
1962
Edition Size
1000
Signed
Unsigned
Height (cm)
40
Width (cm)
30
Suite
Diurnes - Decoupage et Photographie
Base price £450
Includes free framing and UK delivery
This image is a collaborative work, Picasso's cut-ups interacting with Viller's photographs. Picasso and Villers, fascinated by the richness of their place of residence, Provence, embarked on an intense creative process which would lead to the suite Diurnes – from the Latin “diurnus”, of the day – made in 1962 and published with texts by the poet Jacques Prévert. The portfolio, is one of the few works in which Picasso used photography as a means of expression.

The two experimented with photographic printing techniques by exposing cubistic cutouts on bromide paper. The photograms incorporate Picasso’s figurative faces, animals, and forms together with simplified masks and wild beasts. Villers then re-photographed the work to create a unique image that has an unusual depth of field.

A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used.
Pablo Picasso PortraitPablo Picasso was born in Spain in 1881 and was to become the most famous, versatile, prolific and influential artist of the 20th Century. The son of a painting and drawing master, he was remarkably precocious, mastering academic draughtsmanship when still a child. By the 1920s Picasso had established himself as a world famous painter and his reputation and status continued to grow.

It is our good fortune that Picasso had such a great love of printmaking. By the time he died in 1973 he had produced a substantial body of original etchings, lithographs and linocuts, which rank with the greatest prints of the 20th Century. While the ownership of an original painting is, for the majority of us, out of the question, his original prints made in small editions remain relatively accessible.
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