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In 1969 Picasso received several packages of art materials he had ordered from Paris. The story goes, he took these paints and brushes, and used the corrugated cardboard from the boxes to make a series of 29 individual portraits of historical characters, such as William Shakespeare and Salvador Dali among others. Laid on this unassuming background and helped by Picasso's bold brushstroke and vibrant color choice, the portraits are full of life and energy. That same year, under Picasso's direction, the master printer Marcel Salinas produced 250 lithograph copies of the imaginary portrait series. Although Picasso created these portraits towards the end of his career, their manner draws back to his characteristic Cubist style of the early 20th century. Each one of these imaginary portraits is a beautiful example of the twists and turns of Picasso's artistic practice and his constant stylistic exploration.

"Portraits Imaginaires" series of colorful, painterly portraits that the artist created from his own imagination; they are not based on the likeness of actual sitters. This color lithograph is in excellent condition, numbered for the American edition 'A 190/250' and measures 25.9 x 19.7 in. (65.8 x 50 cm), with larger dimensions as custom framed.

Pablo Picasso (Spain, 1881-1973), one of the most prominent and innovative artists of the last century, is celebrated for his long and prolific career and for his work in several modernist idioms and a diverse array of media. He was also an early proponent of Cubism. When the first artworks from Africa were exhibited in Paris, Picasso, along with other Modern artists, found inspiration in the elegantly simple African aesthetic and incorporated certain stylistic components into their own work. Held in the highest regard during his lifetime, retrospectives of the artist’s work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, the National Gallery in London, and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, among other institutions. Picasso is widely seen as one of the most influential artists of the 20th-century and a modern master.

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  • Present Collection, Thailand
  • Pickup Location: Thailand
  • Shipping Dimensions: 25.9 x 19.7 in. (65.79 x 50.04 cm.)
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