29 March 2011
L'Italienne (B. 740; M. 238)
lithograph, 1953, on Arches wove paper, the first state (of two), one of only six proof in this state (there was a signed and numbered edition of fifty of the second, final state), signed in pencil and numbered 5/6 by the printer, the full sheet, deckle edges above and below, in very good condition, framed
L. 447 x 375mm., S. 660 x 500mm.
Succession Pablo Picasso, Marina Picasso, with her stamp verso.
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Working in the Mourlot atelier in 1953 Picasso noticed a printing plate lying in a corner that had been used several years before to print an exhibition poster. Picasso took it home and brought it back the next day thus modified. The original painting is by Victor Orsel (1795-1850).
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