PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
lithograph, on Japon paper, 1928, signed in pencil, numbered 'HC 1/25' (a hors-commerce impression, the edition was 200) (the signature and numbering reinforced), published by G. Crès et Cie, Paris
Image: 8 x 51⁄2 in. (203 x 140 mm.)
Sheet: 103⁄8 x 73⁄8 in. (264 x 187 mm.)
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Estate of André Level, Paris.
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Bloch 95; Baer 243; Mourlot XXIII; see Cramer 16
Picasso, Braque and Léger: 20th Century Modern Masters: Exhibition of 100 Masterworks, The Forest Lawn Museum, Los Angeles, September 15, 2012 - January 1, 2013; The Oglethorpe Museum of Art, Atlanta, September 8 – December 8, 2013; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, September 24- November 27, 2016; The Hyde Collection, Glen Falls, New York, October 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020.
On the evening of January 8, 1927, on a crowded Parisian boulevard, Picasso encountered the woman who would become his muse and lover for the next decade, Marie-Thérèse Walter. He greeted her with the famous line "Mademoiselle, you have an interesting face. I would like to make your portrait", and adding presciently: "I sense we will do great things together". So many works were made in celebration of her charms that it has been said that Picasso's creative output between 1927 and 1937 was a decade-long lyrical poem to Marie-Thérèse. This is one of Picasso's earliest portraits of her.