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Picasso Linocuts

An avid printmaker always exploring new techniques, Picasso experimented with linoleum cuts in the late 50's and early 60's. The original Picasso linocuts were hand-signed and sold by Gallerie Louise Leiris in an edition of 50. However, the original linoleum block plates were destroyed during the process of printing, because Picasso carved ever deeper into the block for the application of each separate color, so after the initial printing run they could not be used again.

In 1962 Picasso consented to a larger edition of reduced-size replicas, which were beautifully printed in West Germany and published in America and France. This 1962 edition has become quite scarce as collectors appreciate the quality of printing -- much superior to the reprint editions which followed in later years. We're proud to offer this exquisite and affordable 1962 version of Picasso linocuts.