This series was personally overseen and plate-signed by Picasso himself. The pochoir method of printing lithographs is the oldest method used to accurately reproduce multicolor prints, and it creates an outstanding impression, with fine detailing and rich coloring.
Introduction by Franco Russoli.
Milan: Silvana Editoriale d’Arte, 1955.
Dim. 39 cm x 28,5 cm
Copyright SPADEM 1955
Limited Edition in only 200 numbered copies. 20 colour pochoirs in full page, each of them protected by vellum paper. With an introduction by Franco Russoli with four black illustrations by Picasso. 40 x 30. 12pp. + 2 + 20 sheets. Very rare and only edition.
“Les Miserables” originated in Picasso’s Blue Period, which took place between 1901 and 1904. Nearly all of the pieces created in this timeframe utilize primarily blue and green tones, and focus on the degenerate, disenfranchised, and disadvantaged. “Les Miserables” is an excellent example of Blue Period work; it features a somber tone, stark background, and two figures with stooped heads. It brilliantly captures the depression and despair that Picasso was enduring during this time, as he struggled to cope with the death of his close friend Carlos Casagemas.