Pablo Picasso: Experiments in Linogravure
This book was published on the occasion of Pablo Picasso: Experiments in Linogravure at Gagosian, Merlin Street, Athens. The exhibition chronicled prints made from 1959 through 1963, as Picasso turned increasingly to the directness of the linocut medium and to subjects including Jacqueline Roque, bullfights, and old master portraits.
Working collaboratively with local printer Hidalgo Arnéra, Picasso developed a simplified technique of progressively recutting and printing the same linoleum block rather than using a separate block for each color. In 1963, he experimented with printing in cream ink on white paper, then painting the same sheet with black China ink, effectively combining two mediums. The catalogue features color plates of twenty-four prints from this period and an insightful illustrated essay by print expert Donald H. Karshan, along with remarks by various authors on this body of work.