Description:Condition A Lithograph from the "Affiches Originales" series. Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959. Signed in the plate. Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex. (or by Air Post at cost) Certificate of Authenticity.
The Museum of Modern Art in Ceret, France, commissioned Picasso to create this magnificent poster for an exhibition of ceramics in 1958. Set within a plate-like shape, we see folk dancers performing in a circle, done in vibrant red and yellow hues. The town of Ceret was a favourite spot with many great modern artists including Picasso and Braque. In the 1910's Ceret was regarded as the 'Capitol of Cubism'. Ceret is proudly Catalan and is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The orchards of Ceret are famous for producing cherries in France.
"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 masterpieces... 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.
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