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after Pablo Picasso - Collotypes

Pablo Picasso Nature Morte a la Charlotte

Still life with Charlotte cake

Medium: Collotype with Pochoir, in colours, circa 1960, on Arches watermarked paper, signed by the artist in pencil, with Publishers Blindstamp recto and verso (inventory # 34996.002), with wide margins

Published by: Guy Spitzer, Paris, France

Printed by: Guy Spitzer, Paris, France

Size: Plate size: 508 x 629 mms ; Paper size:  664 x 848 mms

Note: The lithograph is based on an oil painting by Picasso from 1924 that is now in the collection of the Pompidou Centre in Paris and previously as in the collection of Maurice Meunier. The work shows a delectable charlotte cake. This work perfectly combines Picasso's defined geometric forms with soft, swirling strokes. With great fluidity of line, Picasso defines each object within this still life. The sense of abstraction stems from the blocks of colour that divide the composition. Dark and light greys juxtapose against periwinkle blues and muted browns, creating a sharp sense of contrast; despite the slight disjuncture caused by these colour variations, the composition as a whole retains a great sense of unity and balance. Of particular note is the patterned wallpaper to the left, which further contributes to the welcoming aura of this piece.

Edition: From the signed and numbered edition of 25 HC (There was also a signed and numbered edition of 350)

References: Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2016. (60:273)