with Ruff, was originally
created as a linoleum block print by Picasso in 1963. Picasso
created 10 other linocuts in the same year.
It was later recreated in a slightly smaller size as a lithograph by lithographer, Henri
Deschamps was a master printer at the Mourlot Atelier and worked with
Picasso in printing his lithographs since 1945.
The Mourlot stamp and seal of SPADEM, the authorizing body governing
the Picasso estate are on the print. The signature of
Picasso appears in the plate and is not a manually produced pencil
signature by the artist.
In 1963 the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
commissioned Picasso to create a monumental head for a plaza in
Later that year President Kennedy was assassinated. Picasso was
saddened by the loss of artist Georges Braque (with whom he created the
Cubism style of painting 50 years earlier) and Jean Cocteau, both
having died in 1963.