Picasso uses a vibrant portrait of Jacqueline, who became his last
wife, to announce an exhibition of illustrated books at the Matarasso
Gallery in Nice. "Jacqueline Rogue entered Picasso's life during
the nineteen fifties. Her influence was that of total devotion and
unconditional love. She became Picasso's wife, caretaker and secretary.
Never challenging his views or doubting his work, Jacqueline Rogue
kept the aging artist alive for another twenty years. On April 8,
1973 Picasso died in his bed. He was buried in his garden at château
de Vauvenargues. Thirteen years later Jacqueline, joined him in the
garden from a suicide. Buried together, these lovers are reunited
"Picasso became a successful poster artist... with his intuition
of genius and the virtuosity which accompanied his artistic production,
he began to produce posters of great originality, some of them true
Picasso's posters were mainly aimed at exhibitions and political
themes. They are characterized by the frugal colouring and the simple,
schematic style of drawing. Their conception was imaginative, full
of good humour, and with a personal touch that marks them as his
own" (Picasso p.22)
During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed
most of the "original" posters of the most important artists
of the day. In 1959 they printed the series "Affiches Originales"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of the "original"
posters created by the contemporary masters, Picasso, Chagall, Braque,
Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.