Femme au fauteuil (Variante). 1949. Lithograph. Mourlot 154. Dated "17.4.49" in template. From an edition of five. On firm creme wove paper. 71 x 54.5 x 54.5 cm (27.9 x 21.4 x 21.4 in). Sheet: 76,5 x 56,3 cm (30,1 x 22,2 in). Picasso composed this sheet from his two earlier lithographs "Femme au Fauteuil IV." (Mourlot 137, 2nd state) and "Jeune Femme" (Mourlot 153). The space filled with the portrait at a later point was left blank in the first proof and was only printed in the second proof. This method inspired the artist to three works in oil (Femme assise, 1949, Zervos 128, 129 and 142). [CH]. • From the important graphic body "Femme au fauteuil" (1948/49), a series of depictions of Picasso‘s muse Françoise Gillot • One of only five copies • Composition of two earlier lithographic works • Document of Pablo Picasso‘s adventurous and intrepid nature • Inspiration for several later paintings.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Utermann, Dortmund. Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.