Titus Fine Art Brings Rare Picasso Works to Artexpo: Plates and Prints Show the Artist's Contribution to Lithography

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Visitors to International Artexpo New York are in for a treat. Titus Fine Art of Beverly Hills, Calif., is scheduled to exhibit a rare collection of Pablo Picasso's etched copper plates at booth No. 1964. The plates were inspired by the poems of Luis de Gongora.

The progressive series of etchings show Picasso's brief foray into lithography. The examples bear witness to the beginnings of a reductionist period for the Spanish artist, during which earlier complex works gave way to minimalism.

Picasso was a fan of Gongora since his childhood and rediscovered the power of his work during his days in Paris. The images embody the marriage of Picasso's fascination with women and his love of all things Spanish.

Also on display will be Picasso's linocut prints, which, according to William Corrado, curator and director of education for Titus, are Picasso's greatest contribution to lithography. They show his progression in the creative linocut process and the uniqueness of each incarnation of the proof.

"Picasso was a reductionist, interested in arriving at the essential truth of the matter. What you see is a breaking down of the complications of the imagery as compared to his earlier works," said Corrado. …