Nature morte à la pastèque, 1962This seven-color linocut, Nature morte à la pastèque, 1962
(Still life with watermelon and cherries)
was created in 1962.  

It is numbered 137 from the limited edition of 160 and signed by Picasso.

One of the linocuts of this image from the edition of 160 was featured in 1985 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which had an exhibition solely of Picasso's linocuts.

Picasso worked intensely on linocuts in the years from 1954 to 1964. He met the printer Arnéra in Vallauris, with whom he began fruitful conversations that resulted in the making and printing of 200 linocuts, this one among them.

This is the first of six still life linocuts created by Picasso in 1962 and one of the most colorful.

Most of Picasso's linocuts from 1962 were inspired by Jacqueline who he married one year earlier (and had met in 1953). 

The first linoleum block prints (or linocuts) were carved by Picasso in 1939.   The linocuts are a relief method of carving and printing similar to a woodcut but using linoleum instead of a wood surface.  By 1951, when Picasso was 70 years old, he renewed his interest in the art of linocuts and continued working on them for another 20 years.

In this year, 1962, the Museum of Modern Art in New York had a "Picasso 80th Birthday Exhibition".