Picasso post-war prints
lithographs and aquatints
27 January – 3 March 2017
Supported by the Art Fund.
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Three of Picasso’s prints of Françoise Gilot
This display showcases 16 important lithograph prints and three aquatint prints by Pablo Picasso, covering the post-war period from the late 1940s to the late 1950s.
The group of recently acquired prints range in expression and style, and highlight key themes in his work from this period – his friendships, relationships and collaborations. These works were acquired with the support of the Art Fund (with a contribution from Art Partners and The Wolfson Foundation), the Vollard Group, Hamish Parker, Clive Gillmore, Tavolozza Foundation - Katrin Bellinger and individual contributions.
The young French painter Françoise Gilot, who was Picasso’s muse and lover from 1943 to 1953, inspired six of the lithographs on display. Uniquely among Picasso’s partners it was Gilot who ended the relationship, and her independent-mindedness is forcefully conveyed in some of the prints while in others the focus is on her as a mother to the couple’s two small children, Claude and Paloma. Lithographs were Picasso’s main printmaking focus from 1945 to the mid-1950s, and those on show were produced in collaboration with the talented printers working in the Parisian lithographic studio run by Fernand Mourlot.
The large aquatints on display are from the early 1950s, and show Picasso’s experimentation with the tonal possibilities of this etching technique. He worked with young printers at the Paris workshop of Roger Lacourière, who he first collaborated with in the 1930s on the Vollard Suite.
These exciting recent acquisitions mean there are over 550 Picasso prints in the Museum’s collection, now covering all phases of the artist’s career. A selection of the Museum’s Picasso linocuts purchased with the help of the Art Fund is also on show at the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley until 29 April 2017.