Vintage 1950 hand tipped in lithograph of Picasso’s Leaning Harlequin (1909).

Commentary on the work circa 1950: We are now in the period of "Analytical Cubism." Like all painters, Picasso was obsessed by the problem of rendering depth on the physically flat surface of the canvas. He now decided to replace old-fashioned perspective by a new kind of depth, obtained without repudiating the two-dimensional surface of the canvas or attempting to suggest recession behind it. (Precedents he doubtless had in mind were those of the early wood-engravers, of Japanese art and of Manet.) But the methods of Picasso in his Cubist phase were different. Analysing forms from the pictorial angle, he breaks them up into their constituent parts, following the lines of that structural framework which conditions the being of all solid bodies. Thus he gets his depth without recourse to chiaroscuro, perspective, or values.

8 1/8” x 10” lithograph hand tipped in on thick 10 x 12” paper.