Tete de Femme Linocut by Picasso

Pablo Picasso experimented with linoleum cuts by gouging a sheet of aluminum fused to a wood block. This technique of cutting out images became efficient as compared to wood block cutting. The images produced were bold, simple, and a predecessor to Cubism in form and composition.






Linocut on Arches paper


Edition of 50






Tete de Femme Linocut by Picasso

Picasso (1881–1973) is the most influential and celebrated European artist of the 20th century and the graphic arts played a hugely important part in his output.

He began by producing linocut posters for ceramic exhibitions and bullfighting events in Vallauris with the talented local printer  Within a very short time Picasso was finding new ways of producing color linocuts which dispensed with the orthodox method of cutting a separate block of linoleum for each color. Instead Picasso, impatient to see the results, devised a method of progressively cutting and printing from a single block that required him to foresee the final result, as once he had gouged away the linoleum surface he could not go back.

These  sets of linocuts highlight Picasso’s astonishing technical innovation and creativity.

Linocuts by  Picasso

Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. One of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

About the Artist

Pablo Picasso was born on October 25, 1881, in Málaga, Spain. The son of an academic painter, José Ruiz Blanco, he began to draw at an early age. In 1895, the Picasso family moved to Barcelona. It was there that Pablo studied at La Lonja, the local academy of fine arts. His association with the patrons of the café Els Quatre Gats in the late 1890s was crucial to his early artistic development in that the café was a nexus of social life among artists, authors, musicians, and the like, as well as the site of several music performances and tertulias (‘literary gatherings’).

Picasso’s visual style and choice of subject matter developed dramatically over a short period of time. The time between 1901 and 1904 has come be known as his ‘Blue Period,’ 1905 his ‘Rose Period,’ from 1908 to 1911 his Analytic Cubist phase, and from 1912 forward his Synthetic Cubist phase. The Blue Period is named for Picasso’s color palette at the time, and is distinguished by its subject matter: vagrants, outcasts, prostitutes, and otherwise marginalized people. The Rose Period marked a brightening of Picasso’s palette: pinks, beiges, roses, and light blues. His choice of subject matter followed suit: clowns, harlequins, and saltimbanques (‘circus people

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