The Late Engravings of Picasso: 'Suite 347'
The Norton Simon Museum presents an an exhibition by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) taken from his famous 347 series. In addition to the erotic overtones of his late work, the subjects also represent other enduring themes in Picasso's oeuvre: the artist and model, his references to the Old Masters, and the theater. The master printers who completed these works were the Crommelynck brothers, who said of Picasso: "He never ceases exploring...The astounding rapidity of his hand, combined with an equal quickness of mind...enable him to accomplish in a single operation what others would be obliged to spread over several phases." The printers went on to say that the 347 series represented "an outstanding achievement, unique in Picasso's career and in the entire annals of engravings."