Picasso and the Linocut

Here’s a nice short film about Picasso’s linocuts. Picasso worked closely with master printer Hidalgo Arnera in his studio in the south of France. Together they experimented with different printing methods and inks and developed the reduction printing technique which allowed a multi-layer print to be produced from a single block.

Picasso and the Linocut from Franklin Bowles Galleries on Vimeo.


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8 Responses to Picasso and the Linocut

  1. Lizzie says:

    Wonderful. I love Picasso's lino reductions. I didn't know that he used a huge mechanical press to print them though… so interesting.
    Reduction really suits the way that Picasso worked / the type of work he made. I suppose that's why he invented it. A brilliant man!
    I had the good fortune to see some of Picasso's print works, while I was in Spain this year. We went to an exhibition of the entries for a printmaking competition, but it was in a museum which has a great permanent collection of printmaking. I saw stuff by Picasso, Miro… all sorts of work. It was very inspiring – and a bit humbling too, as I was there on a printmaking week… Something to aspire to!

  2. minouette says:

    Thanks for that.

    I really enjoyed seeing the (huge) linocuts included in the Art Gallery of Ontario's current Picasso exhibit! Too often works on paper get neglected, and her really embraced all sorts of media.

  3. Nick Morley says:

    I'm very jealous of you both! I've not seen many of his linocuts in the flesh although I had the good fortune to work in a gallery that sold his prints so I've handled a few of his etchings. There's a show of his prints on at the British Museum in London at the moment which I've been itching to see!

  4. Gary Smiley says:

    I just acquired the linocut in your video of the Bearded Man with Vines on his Head at a yard sale. It is definitely not a print, and the frame is dated 1962 (although there is no signature- it may be behind the mat). If in fact it is a true Picasso linocut, how valuable is it? (I can send pictures on request). Thanks – Gary

  5. Thanks for posting this Hidalgo was my grandfather. So good to see this !

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