Picasso was intimately involved in the production of vintage lithographic prints. Conceived as announcements for exhibitions, ads for tourism, illustrations for political events, these works were often the creations that had the broadest audience. Twentieth century artists were quite aware of this fact and therefore spent much energy and time on their design and quality.
At the material time, these images could be found throughout the city streets of Europe, on the windows of shops and cafes and on bulletin boards of schools and community centres. Their life span was usually short as they were often destroyed and discarded when replaced by the next poster for another coming exhibition. Since 1920’s, the Atelier Mourlot was the largest and best known print shop to manufacture these lithographic works. By now, over these 60 years, only a few prints of the surviving original prints are now in private and institutional collections. My Femme Assise (Dora Maar), 1955 Original Hand Signed Colour Lithograph is one of the few.