Very little need to be said of the legendary Picasso. This original Etching "Pour Roby" (For Roby) is a classic example of his genius. Picasso originally drew this portrait for a friend, author Robert Godet, also known as Roby. He later etched the portrait onto a printing plate so that Roby could include the print in his book L’Age de Soleil. He chose to exactly replicate the drawing in reverse (a mirror view) applying a precious quality to the limitation of lines. Signed and titled in the copper plate by Picasso, both the artist's signature and the title of the piece are reversed in the print.

In the 1960s the Collectors’ Guild was working with various ateliers and print shops in Paris, especially those that specialized in original fine art printing of lithographs and etchings. In the 1960’s the leading etching printer was Monsieur Leblanc, who printed etchings for all the outstanding artists. The Collectors’ Guild produced a great deal of work with Monsieur Leblanc. He had the etching plate for Picasso’s “Pour Roby.” In 1950, Leblanc printed the 1st edition of "Pour Roby" in an edition size of 100 for Picasso, and in turn Picasso gifted the plate to Leblanc in appreciation for his work. Subsequently, The Collectors’ Guild was able to purchase the original plate from Leblanc, and a second edition was created in 1969.

PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) Spanish painter and sculptor is one of the most recognized figures of twentieth century art. During his artistic career, which lasted more than 75 years, he created thousands of works using all kinds of mediums. He changed art more profoundly than any other artist of his time. First famous for pioneering cubism, Picasso continued to develop his art with a pace and vitality comparable to the accelerated technological and cultural changes of the twentieth century. Each change embodied a radical idea, and might be said that Picasso lived several artistic lifetimes.

Original Limited Edition Etching on Arches paper, 1969. Edition Size: Unknown; from an unnumbered Limited Edition. Paper Size: 12.875" x 10." Image Size: 9" x 7." Catalog No. Bloch 680. Signed by the artist in the plate before going to print. Published by the Collectors Guild. Excellent Condition; never framed or matted. Certificate of Authenticity included.

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