lithograph printed from a zinc plate, Tête
de Femme de trois-quarts,
4.1.1953 (Woman's head, three-quarter face) was created January
4, 1953. Picasso created a variation the prior day and a portrait
similar design and medium on the same day.
At this time Picasso's relationship with Françoise Gilot was
deteriorating. Picasso was in Vallauris and spent time creating
lithographs of Balzac and daughter Paloma (born in 1949).
More geneological detail is here.
By September Françoise and
the two children leave Picasso and go to Paris. In the same
month, Picasso meets Jacqueline.
The lithograph was printed by Mourlot in a limited edition of 50
examples plus five
artist proofs. This one, signed by Picasso is from the edition of
Mourlot was the famed printer at whose studio Picasso spent much time
learning and experimenting with the lithographic medium since
1945. In the next quarter century Picasso had created more than
800 lithographic images.
Norton Simon purchased more than 220 of Mourlot's Picasso lithographs