The Two Women (2nd State), 1956

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The Two Women (2nd State), 1956


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)                    

Medium: Pochoir on Heavy Wove Watermarked Paper

Edition No.: 66/200

Signed in plate, upper left 

Printer/Publisher: Daniel Jacomet & Cie, Paris

Dimensions: 19.5" x 15" (31" x 27.5" with frame)


Between the years of 1946 and 1956, Pablo Picasso pulled concepts from his earlier creations, a series of drawings and watercolor, in order to form Two Women, Second State (1956). The motif of one figure watching another figure sleeping recurs in Picasso's art throughout his career. Variations include scenes with two women, a man and a woman, and a mythical creature with a woman. The female figures were often inspired by the women in his life at the time. One explanation for the persistence of this theme is the fact that Picasso worked at night and had ample opportunity to observe his lovers sleeping.


Pablo Picasso chose pochoir as a technique over two-hundred times, both at the beginning and the end of his career. A refined stencil-based technique, pochoir is characterized by its crisp lines and brilliant colors, producing images that have a wet appearance. Pochoir begins with the analysis of the composition, including color tones and densities, of a color image. Numerous stencils were designed as a means of creating an image. The stencils were made of aluminum, copper, or zinc and would be cut with a straight-edged knife. The initial layers would be created with watercolor washes and the final marks applied with soft, opaque gouache, a process termed “lean to fat”. Pochoir was most popular from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s, its center of activity in Paris.


In the collection of :

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY

Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)



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