Picasso - Un demi-siecle de Livres Illustres. 50 years of illustrated books.
Picasso drawing in his studio, 1956

Artist: Pablo Picasso Spanish (1881-1973)

Title: Picasso - Un demi-siecle de Livres Illustres. 50 years of illustrated books.

Plate: MP. 82

Description: Condition A
from the "Affiches Originales" series. 
Printed by Mourlot Freres in Paris, 1959.
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.

Sheet Size: 9 1/4 in x 12 1/2 in 23.5 cm x 32 cm

Price: $195.00

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 "(Damon Jasso)


"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.