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‘L’Atelier de Cannes’, cover for ‘Ces peintres nos amis, Vol. II’.
A version of this work was first published in 1956 in the book ‘Dans l’Atelier de Picasso’, printed by Mourlot. However, in 1958 Picasso returned to the piece, significantly reworking it and adding vibrant colours to create an entirely new lithograph which he dedicated to Gilberte Duclaud and Serge Chauby, his dealers in Cannes at the ‘Galerie 65’.
This elaborate and colourful impression was then used as the cover for the volume ‘Ces Peintres Nos Amis’, Vol. II, which was published in an edition of 250.
The image depicts Picasso’s companion and future wife Jacqueline Roque seated in the studio of his mansion “La Californie” in Cannes. Originally the ballroom, this studio became the nucleus of the artist’s world until his move to Mougins in 1961.