PABLO PICASSO 1881-1973 Málaga 1881-1973 Mougins (Spanish) Title: Young Woman (Francoise) | La Jeune Femme (Françoise), 1949/1968 Technique: Original Lithograph on Arches Wove Paper Paper size: 65.5 x 50.3 cm. / 25.8 x 19.8 in. Image size: 39.5 x 29.8 cm. / 15.6 x 11.7 in. Additional Information: This work is signed and dedicated in the plate in brown at the lower mid-right: "A Mourlot pour son Centenaire, Picasso, Vallauris le 25.2.53" [For Mourlot in the occasion of his Centenary, Picasso, Vallauris the 25.2.53]. It is also dated on the plate "17/2/1949". The work is hand numbered in pencil from the edition of 75 at centre of the lower margin. There were also a small number of artist’s proofs. The lithograph was drawn with wash in black ink in 1949 on the zinc printing plate. In 1968 Mourlot used the 1949 plate to print the second edition which was published for the Centenary Album of the Mourlot Printing Works. This edition was of only 75 impressions plus a few artist proofs. The paper bears the Arches watermark. Note: It was in 1946 and 1947 that Picasso started to make the series of studies of Françoise which are amongst his most beautiful and inventive works in lithography. His relationship with Françoise at this period was one of calm love and family life, and this relaxed atmosphere can certainly be strongly felt in the poetry and lyricism of these wonderful portrait studies. The invention with which Picasso was approaching his lithography was also stimulated by his life style, and in the portraits can be seen some of his most inspired ideas. Literature: 1. Bloch, G. (1971). Pablo Picasso: Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1966-1969, Volume II. Bern: Kornfeld & Klipstein. Reference: Bloch 1836 2. Mourlot, F. (2009). Picasso Project: Picasso. The Lithographic Work. Volume I. 1919-1949. San Francisco: Alan Wofsy. Reference: Mourlot 153 Condition: Very good condition.