Portrait Imaginaire - 12.3.69. I,
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.
Interested in having these works interpreted through another medium Picasso contacted the renowned lithographer Marcel Salinas; there followed a year of close collaboration culminating in this suite of twenty nine lithographs. Picasso supervised the project closely printing only taking place when each proof had received his 'bon à tirer' (good to pull).
This print is hand numbered and signed in the plate as it appears on the original gouache and blind stamped verso (Lithographie exécutée par M Salinas d'après une peinture sur carton de Picasso).
The edition of 500 consisted of 250 for distribution in France and 250 for the rest of the world. This image is from French edition, numbered F69/250 in pencil bottom left.
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