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Nine Heads

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Printer:
Printed by Jacques Frélaut (French)
Publisher:
Published by Galerie Louise Leiris (Paris) , 1981
Date:
1934, printed 1961
Medium:
Etching, drypoint, and sugar-lift aquatint
Dimensions:
plate: 12 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (31.8 x 22.5 cm) sheet: 19 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (49.5 x 32.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Reiss-Cohen Inc., 1983
Accession Number:
1983.1212.30
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Picasso showed a classicizing tendency throughout his life, and it was perhaps more consistently manifested in his enormous output of prints, with their emphasis on line, than in his work in other media. Here, many of the images of heads recall antique coins, cameos, or gems, though the central head in the bottom row is probably a modern artist. Picasso often appeared in his own work, in any number of guises, of which the artist is probably the most self-evident.
Signature: Stamped in ink lower right: "Picasso"

Inscription: In graphite at lower left: 26/50
Reiss-Cohen Inc.; Donor: Reiss-Cohen Inc.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 5, 1998–March 8, 1998.

Bloch 285; Geiser/Baer 438.B.b; Reiss-Cohen 24
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