Pablo Picasso

Picasso´s signatures – a little study of Picasso´s P´s

Dear community,

this time I wanted to show you a very small study of different signatures of Picasso during the different years.  This study will be continued, as well I will add fake signatures later on as I think there are lots of them out there.

For now, the focus of this little study is the “P” in Picasso´s signatures and dedications like “Pour” as there can be seen differences. If I have both examples shown (“Pour” and “Picasso”, then they belong to the same document)

Example 1: very early signature from 1904 (reference: image in “Portrait of Picasso” by Roland Penrose, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1957, pp.29).


I follow up with two examples from 1931/1932 dedicated to Chester Dale in 2 different documents (Reference: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA)

Example 2: The “P” in Pour is like a big letter and a big loop (which almost turns into a heart) ; the “P” in in “Picasso” has a small upstroke which is usual for signatures at that time and as well earlier. Very small loop on the tip of the “P”

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Example 3: The “P” in Pour is like a small letter with a small upstroke, in Picasso´s signature already more artistic with a clear loop. No upstroke at the “P”.

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Example 4: Signature from 1940 (reference: letter to Christian Zervos, in Katalog Stargardt, Moirandat, Autographen Auktion, Basel 2011, pp.288 ). Still very artistic signature, the stroke and his classic “P” are somehow melting together.


Example 5: Signature from 1948 (1st reference: own collection. signed in Desire a play, 27.12.1948, dedicated to Bernard Frechtman). Capital “P” with a loop in Pour, simple P for his signature. (2n. reference: private collection: signed in “Desire – A play by P. Picasso, 27.12.1948): Both “P” with small upstrokes and small loops.

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Example 6:

Signature from 1950. Photo signed and dedicated: Typical large “P” with loop in Pour are written all with big letters, small “p” in signature of “Picasso”, angle of the stroke is at 45 degrees (–>>different as when Picasso signs with a big P)

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Example 7: Signature from 1952: Photo signed and dedicated. “P” in Pour and in Picasso are written in small letters. Angle of the stroke for Picasso is at 45 degrees, small loop.

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A short summary with some further examples for writing “Pour “, in small and big letters:

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Pour7 Pour6 Pour9

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T.B.C. …

Hope you enjoyed this small study and – if you have any comments – please feel free to contact me.


Picasso – l´homme au mouton

Exceedingly uncommon photograph of Picasso’s bronze masterpiece sculpture: Man with a Lamb, [1943] wonderfully inscribed and signed by him on the lower photographic surface: “Pour Madeleine Braun Vallauris Picasso le 30/08/50”.

I suppose, Madeleine Braun is the vice president of the “assemblée national”; see also following link and information on the website

This photograph was taken in the castle chapel at Vallauris. It shows the sculpture as it was preserved in 1949 [the year of it’s donation by Picasso] and before the 1950 date of its installation /inauguration in the market square. 

Pablo Picasso created Man with a Lamb while living in German-occupied Paris during World War II. The idea for the sculpture began as an etching the artist made in 1942 of a man holding a bouquet of flowers on Bastille Day, July 14. In a series of subsequent drawings, Picasso transformed the flowers into an agitated animal in the arms of a man who seems stoic in his effort to hold his oversized burden. Man with a Lamb recalls early Christian images of the Good Shepherd, and Picasso\’s depiction of sacrifice and suffering, which he described as an expression of universal emotion, takes on heightened significance in the context of the world war in which it was created. [PMA]

The first time I can recall seeing a photograph like this!  Simply wonderful!

Recently I bought a small book, written by André Verdet which gives some insights about l´homme au mouton. Some content I would like to share


Picasso, Jacqueline Roque, E. Pignon at Chateau de Vauvenargue

Pablo Picasso & Jacqueline Roque – Picasso, Roque & Edouard Pignon sign this postcard to Roger Lacourière. A nice historical document /snapshot from his time after 1953. The postcard shows the Chateau de Vauvenargue which  Picasso bought in 1958 (sources: after he discovered it in the foothills of Mont Sainte-Victoire, the mountain immortalised in countless paintings by Paul Cézanne, the man Picasso regarded as his artistic father. On april 10th 1973 Picasso was buried in the garden of this Chateau.

It is also documented, that E. Pignon and his wife (Héléne Pignon nee Parmélin) were together with Jaqueline Roque and Pablo Picasso after  an exhibition which took place in Aix en Provence (

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Portrait of Picasso

There are many portraits of Picasso existing as he loved to be photographed. In 1957, Roland Penrose wrote „that the life of Picasso, both private and public, has been the most fascinating of all artist in our time“. I truly believe, this did not change after more than 50 years. The photograph shown here is a small and very different insights in Picasso´s life.

I want to add as well the book, where the photo has been published. I bought this book a bit later at an antiquarian book dealer because I think it adds to the collection or history of the piece.

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