Artist Pablo Picasso
Title "Exchange de Regards (26 juin 1968 IV)" from "347 Suite"
Medium original aquatint and drypoint
Edition edition out of 50
Signed hand signed in pencil and numbered
Dimensions 5.9 x 8.07"
In the ninth decade of his life from March 16 to October 5, 1968, Picasso created a remarkable series of 347 etchings, known as the Series 347. The technical aspect of printing was carried out in collaboration with Pierre and Aldo Crommelynck, who transported special equipment from their Paris studio to the Picasso’s studio in Cannes in 1963. The relationship between the artist and the printers, who knew just how demanding the master was towards the process of work, incarnated in a series of works unusually strong for a 90-year-old artist. By combining different cultures, periods and signs, Picasso created a unifying theme, to which he was not a participant but an observer and a storyteller. Circus artists, musketeers, musicians, artists and their models painted in a special light graphics of late Picasso appeared in complex combinations of various techniques: etching, engraving, drypoint, and aquatint. Full of outright eroticism, this series has often been criticized, including in Russia.