6.1.1959 (Noble Lady) was created January
6, 1959, one of six lithographs created that day, each around the theme
of lords, kings, and ladies.
The lithograph was made by drawing the image with crayon onto a
transfer paper which was then transferred to a lithographic stone, from
which it was then printed. Note that the left half of the face
appears to be in profile although the view is direct frontal.
At this time this lithograph was made Picasso would never see Marie-Thérèse again as he was
prohibited to do so by Jacqueline, who would become his second wife in
1961. Marie-Thérèse and Picasso
were together from 1927 to 1936.
Most of Picasso's printmaking in 1959 was of linoleum block prints, or
linocuts. While Picasso was working on linocuts throughout
the fall, the City of New York was having disputes with the new
Guggenheim Museum and its architect, Frank Loyd Wright. who died in
This lithograph was printed by Mourlot in a limited edition of 50
examples plus some artist proofs. This one is numbered 47/50 and
is signed by Picasso.
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.