St CatherineThis untitled lithograph is from the book Sainte Catherine and was created by Picasso on November 25, 1946.

Parisian Louis Aragon (1897-1982) was a poet, novelist, and essayist who founded Surrealism with with poet Paul Eluard (1895 -1952).  In their book,
Sainte Catherine, were lithographs by Picasso and Matisse and two others.  This is the Picasso lithograph from that book as printed by Mourlot.

In  the summer of 1946 Picasso and Françoise stay at the house that Picasso had given Dora Maar.  Meanwhile he receives daily letters from Marie-Thérèse.  Fra
nçoise is uncomfortable and wishes to leave.  Soon afterwards, Françoise writes her family that she is leaving them to live with Picasso.  By early August she is pregnant and the news is shared by the end of that month. Picasso is happy but Françoise is less enthusiastic.

In July, 1946 Picasso first tries his hand at making ceramics at the Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris.