This lovely lithograph is based on a painting by Pablo Picasso titled Arlequin (Harlequin) which he did in 1917 when he was thirty-six years old. In the painting the harlequin stands, resting his arm on a balcony railing.
Painted during a time when Picasso was moving to the neo-classical style of his later years, Arlequin reflects hints of the earlier influence of Cubism on his work. Throughout his career, harlequins were one of Picasso’s favorite subjects.
This lithograph was made (with editing) by the Museo Picasso Barcelona in 1966 in honor of Picasso’s eighty-fifth birthday.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the twentieth century.
If you love Picasso, this poster is for you. Also check out a poster we offer by David Hockney titled Parade which draws from Picasso's earlier work, including Picasso's paintings of harlequins.