Pablo Picasso

original prints, lithographs, lino cuts and etchings

 

A beautifully curated collection from the master of Modern Art: Pablo Picasso. We have a wonderful collection of Picasso lithographs for sale through the online gallery. We are also able to source most works from Picasso, including etchings, linocuts, lithographs and signed Picasso prints. Most of the Picasso artwork in our collection has been sourced from auctions and private collectors and many of the works are sold with a signed and dated certificate of provenance. We only stock official Picasso lithographs and prints. For Picasso, the medium of lithography and print provided an exciting new form of expression. He would stay in workshops for several months at a time, 12 hours a day, obsessed with the possibilities of lithographic print. Buy a Picasso print and take home a piece of art history!

Picasso was unquestionably one of the most prolific printmakers of all time. His ability to master any technique, from etching and linocuts to lithography and aquatint, has earned him a distinguished place in the history of printmaking. Pablo Picasso was a prolific printmaker, producing over 2,400 original prints throughout his career in a variety of techniques. But until 1945, almost all of his prints were black and white, and only a handful of them were lithographs, a printmaking method that closely resembles painting, enabling artists to draw directly on a stone slab or metal plate. This ratio drastically changed when Picasso met the master printmaker Fernand Mourlot. In just under two decades, Picasso and Mourlot produced over 350 lithographs (many of them in colour), experimenting with unconventional techniques like finger painting that pushed the boundaries of the medium. You can read an interview here with Eric Mourlot, Fernand Mourlot’s grandson on the techniques Picasso employed into his lithography.

He worked with Atelier Mourlot for a good deal of his printing career, producing over four hundred different editions. The bold, exciting colours and images of the lithographs are unique to Picasso; and have become hugely collectable and affordable works on paper. Picasso expressed himself in many ways through the method of lithography, creating and experimenting with his own techniques.

Picasso also worked closely with Hidalgo Arnéra in his Vallauris studio, in the south of France. Experimenting with different printing methods and inks. They collaborated and developed the reduction printing technique: reduction linoleum which allowed a multi-layer print to be produced from a single block. Reduction linocuts involve using a single block to print layers of ink and cutting the block between successive printings.

THE ARTIST

 

PABLO PICASSO

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is undeniably the most prolific artist of the 20th century. From child prodigy to creative revolutionary, in his lifetime Picasso produced countless masterpieces. His work has had a profound influence on modern art that can still be felt today. Together with Georges Braque, Picasso founded the Cubism movement which deconstructed the tradition of perspective in painting. His seminal work, ‘Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon (1907)’ was ground-breaking in its abstraction, with flattened geometric planes and reference to African Art. During his career he worked through an impressive array of styles, from the melancholic Blue period to his restless furtherance of Surrealism, but every work is a testament to his ingenious mastery over colour and form. Picasso also enjoyed working in many mediums, from painting to lithography and ceramics. Discover our diverse collection of Picasso prints by this truly iconic artist.

Picasso and The Linocut 

A visit to the Arnera studios in Vallauris, France where Picasso printed his famous linocuts.

Written, Produced and Narrated by: Dr. Jean Audigier, Professor of Art History, University of San Francisco
Edited by: Scott Saraceno

In Conversation with Eric Mourlot – Picasso on Paper

Read about Picasso’s printing techniques and his the time he spent in the Mourlot Atelier, Paris.