Phototype and pochoir. Number 779 from the edition of 1000 published in 1962. Size: 16 inches x 11.5 inches. Numbered on the reverse. Includes original paper sleeve.
In 1953, Pablo Picasso went to live in the French city of Vallauris, near the Côte d’Azur, in order to experiment at its ceramics workshops. During his long stay there he came across the photographer André Villers. A close relationship then began between the 72-year old artist and the young 23-year old photographer, which was to go beyond a working relationship and become a deep friendship.
Picasso and Villers, fascinated by the richness of their place of residence, Provence, embarked on an intense creative process which would lead to the suite Diurnes – from the Latin “diurnus”, of the day – made in 1962 and published with texts by the poet Jacques Prévert. The portfolio, which brings together photographic and lithographic techniques, is one of the few works in which Picasso used photography as a means of expression. Through superimposing and applying découpages – paper cuts – of figures, the artist recreates his mythical imaginary over the evocative black and white landscapes captured by Villers’ camera.
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