In 1964, Picasso executed the crayon drawing Carnival for the newspaper Le Patriote based in Nice, France. It was featured on the cover of the journal to commemorate the city’s annual Carnival. Nice’s Carnival spans two weeks and features colorful parades with grandiose floats, professional dancers dressed in feathered costumes, and copious amounts of alcohol consumption.
The centuries old tradition is the last hurrah before Lent. Between 1957 and 1964, Picasso donated eight works to Le Patriote for the Carnival holiday. In addition to allowing the newspaper to reproduce the image on its cover, Picasso would pay Fernand Mourlot (the same printer who issued all of his lithographs) himself to print the image in lithographic form. Two hundred examples were numbered and hand signed by Picasso, and they were sold for 1,500 francs each to benefit the newspaper.
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- Artist: Picasso
- Year: 1964
- Size: 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches
- Medium: Color lithography
- Edition: Hand signed by Picasso in pencil & numbered from the edition of 200