Superb original mixed media artwork by Pablo Picasso, accomplished on an off-white 9.5 x 12 sheet of artist's paper using felt-tip pen, pastels, and flower pigment, inscribed at the top in black felt tip to the wife of photographer Lucien Clergue, "Pour Yolande," and dated and signed at the bottom, "20.8.65, Picasso." The stunning abstract image shows a face, and/or two faces in profile. Apparently, after completing the felt-tip drawing, Picasso used a bunch of gladioli to add color to the image, causing a pleasing halo effect of water staining around the edges of the page. He then added additional color using pastels. Handsomely framed in dark wood to an overall size of 17.25 x 19.75. In fine condition, with dampstaining to the perimeter which very slightly brushes the signature and the date. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist's son, Claude Picasso.
Pablo Picasso and Lucien Clergue first met in 1953, outside the bull ring in Arles, France, and the two formed a friendship that would last until Picasso's death in 1973. The pair collaborated on several projects, and Picasso complimented his work: 'Clergue’s photographs are from God’s own sketchbooks.' Clergue's autobiographical book, Picasso My Friend, looks back on important moments of their relationship. This original piece of artwork by Picasso, boasting excellent provenance and enhanced by this association between fellow artists, is truly extraordinary.
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