Lithograph on Arches wove paper, signed in pencil, numbered 48/50 (there were also six proofs for the artst and printer), the full sheet, with deckle edges above and below. PROVENANCE Leslie Waddington This portrait of Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife and muse, belongs to a series of six lithographic portraits made between December 1957 and December 1958. Picasso developed the image through three states, beginning with a somewhat prosaic profle in which Jacqueline is presented with her hair in a chignon on a light ground, then extensively re-working the plate with tusche wash to create the view of her in three-quarter profle with her hair falling on her shoulders on a dark background. Using a knife he scraped a network of highlights into the stone which delineate the figure. The effect is of a nocturnal scene in which Jacqueline’s elegant features appear lit by a lamp or a candle.
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