This work is signed on the plate by the artist 'Picasso' in the lower right-hand margin. It is also dated on the plate '17.12.66' (17th Dec. 1966). It is hand-numbered in pencil, from the edition of 400 at the lower left margin and inscribed H.C. Hors Commerce [out of trade] on the lower right margin. The work was published by the Madoura Gallery in 1966 in a limited edition of 400 impressions. This linocut was specially engraved by Picasso as a Greeting Card to be sent to the friends of Suzanne and Georges Ramié for New Year 1967. The paper is folded in two and the greetings and details of the gallery are inside.
Note: Suzanne Ramié was one of the key figures of the potter’s city of Vallauris. In 1938, Suzanne and her husband Georges Ramié moved to Vallauris and created the studio Madoura. By 1948, Ramié set aside space in their studio for Picasso to produce his works. For over 25 years Picasso produced more than 3,500 original ceramics at the Madoura atelier.
Literature: 1. Bloch, G. (1971). Pablo Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1904-1967. Bern: Edition Kornfeld et Klipstein. Reference: Bloch 1240 2. Baer, B. (1994). Picasso: Peintre-Graveur, Tome VI, Catalogue Raisonne de l'OEuvre Grave et des Monotypes, 1966-1968. Bern: Editions Kornfeld. Reference: Baer 1850.
Born in Malaga, Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso is a Spanish painter, sculptor, ceramicist and printmaker. Father of cubism with George Braque and surrealism advocate, Pablo Picasso made his mark in art history through his revolutionary techniques, art and political positioning. Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the most iconic artists of the XXth century with approximately 50000 artworks produced during his lifetime.