Femme au Fauteuil,
(Woman in the Armchair) was created February
16, 1947 and so dated in the lithographic stone.
The original lithograph was created in 6 colors and, interestingly
enough, Picasso wrote out those colors in words at the bottom of the
lithograph: "vert Rouge bleu violet, jaune (super scribed 'violet'),
noir". It was printed on Arches paper and signed by Picasso
in red crayon. Picasso created various proofs of this image
adding colors successively until the image as shown here was
created. This lithograph is one of his most significant
experiments in using color in printmaking.
This image was created in an edition of 50, of which this one is
numbered 31. In late 1948 and early 1949 Picasso created a series
of lithographs for which this image was the basis.
When Picasso created this lithograph at age 65, it was the most
colorful lithograph he created to date. There are very few
examples of any Picasso lithographs in more than 6 colors.
On May 15, 1947 Picasso's child with Françoise, Claude, was
born. In August Picasso visited the Madoura pottery workshop in
Vallauris where he began to make some 2,000 ceramic pieces over the
Also during the fall Picasso began working on his play Les quatre petites filles which he
finished August 13, 1948.