Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
signed 'Picasso' (lower right) and dated '3.4.54.' (upper right)
brush and India ink on paper
7 1/8 x 8 in. (18 x 20 cm.)
Painted on 3 April 1954
Xerox Corporation, New York (by 1963).
John W. Rutledge, New Canaan (gift from the above, 1970).
Mary J. Rutledge, New Canaan (by descent from the above, July 2000).
Acquired from the estate of the above by the present owner, July 2006.
G. Jacobson and J. Hillkirk, Xerox, American Samurai: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How a Corporate Giant Beat the Japanese at Their Own Game, New York, 1986, p. 68.

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Maya Widmaier-Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
In 1963, Xerox Corporation ran an ad campaign titled "Which is the $2,800 Picasso? Which is the 5¢ Xerox 914 copy?" to promote their innovative Xerox 914 copy machines. The present work, the original drawing for this campaign, was given by Xerox Corporation to John W. Rutledge, as a retirement present in 1970.

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