This signed piece is a colour pochoir (after Picasso’s painting). It was published in 1930 into a limited edition and is signed in pencil by Picasso.
Many outstanding 20th Century artists such as Matisse, Miro, Chagall & Picasso chose to produce works using the pochoir technique as the result achieved – bore a closer resemblance to that of their original works.
Under artist supervision, Pochoirs were produced by colourists who used different paints such as water, gouache or pastel and applied these onto paper by hand. The colouring was done with Stencils/templates carved from very thin metal foil. This method of producing works was very labour intensive – particularly as each print could require tens of applied layers to achieve the desired result.
The colours of pochoirs can be striking and appear clearer than that of a lithograph or silkscreen as they have more depth due to the paint being applied in a three-dimensional way.