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Lithograph by Pablo Picasso - Femme Au Balcon, Affiche Oeuvre (Bloch 1289; mourlot 335), on wove arches paper. This piece was originally housed loose (unbound) in the portfolio and is signed. The dimensions are approx. 12 x 9 inches.
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the twentieth century. Associated most of all with pioneeringåÊCubism, alongsideåÊGeorges Braque, he also inventedåÊcollageåÊand made major contributions toåÊSymbolismåÊandåÊSurrealism. He saw himself above all as a painter, yet his sculpture was greatly influential, and he also explored areas as diverse as printmaking and ceramics. Finally, he was a famously charismatic personality; his many relationships with women not only filtered into his art but also may have directed its course, and his behavior has come to embody that of the bohemian modern artist in the popular imagination
Picasso's influence was profound and far-reaching for most of his life. His work in pioneering Cubism established a set of pictorial problems, devices, and approaches, which remained important well into the 1950s. And at each stage of his career, from the classical works of the 1920s to the works produced in occupied Paris during the 1940s, his example was important. Even after the war, even though the energy in avant-garde art shifted to New York, Picasso remained a titanic figure, and one who could never be ignored. Indeed, even though theåÊAbstract ExpressionistsåÊcould be said to have superseded aspects of Cubism (even while being strongly influenced by him),åÊThe Museum of Modern ArtåÊin New York has been called "the house that Pablo built," because it has so widely exhibited the artist's work. MoMA's opening exhibition in 1930 included fifteen paintings by Picasso. He was also a part of Alfred Barr's highly influential survey showsåÊCubism and Abstract ArtåÊ(1936) andåÊFantastic Art, Dada, SurrealismåÊ(1936-37). Although his influence undoubtedly waned in the 1960s, he had by that time become a Pop icon, and the public's fascination with his life story continue to fuel interest in his work.