Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
LE PICADOR II. 1961. Mourlot 350, Bloch 1017. Lithograph printed in 24 colors. Published in A Los Toros avec Picasso.
The lithographs were issued unsigned for the series A Los Toros avec Picasso and published by Sauret in 1961, in an edition of 125. There was also an edition of 50 signed examples printed from the same lithographic stones by Mourlot Frères at the same time.
The stone for this lithograph was originally drawn in black, as were the other three lithographs in the series. However, the publisher, Andre Sauret, asked Picasso if he would add a little color to the image. Picasso had a box of crayons in 24 different colors and used each of them to color this image. Much to his surprise, the Mourlot studio printers succeeded in the difficult task of printing all 24 colors plus black. This explains the two dates on this print. The black version was done 6.3.61 and the colors added 21.4.61.