Considered the preeminent printmaker of the twentieth century, Picasso made about 2,500 prints during his career. It was not until 1939, however, that he began experimenting with linocut. In this portrait, a simplified image of his wife Jacqueline, Picasso marked the pliant surface of a linoleum block with a series of scratchy lines and printed it solely in black, creating a rich chiaroscuro.
Portrait of a Woman (Buste de femme)
Signature: In graphite at lower right: "Picasso"
Inscription: In graphite at lower left: 1/50
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 28, 2002–April 21, 2002.