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.



Jean Cocteau to Manuel Gasser

At one of my “explorings” through the internet, I saw the letter of Jean Cocteau to Manuel Gasser from november 1961.  Manuel Gasser was Chief editor of the Swiss cultural magazine “DU” until 1975. Cocteau writes.” Mon très cher Manuel …Paris est use ville malade et me voilá refugie á Milly avec cette sorte de grippe mysterieuse qui m´éreinte … depuis notre naissance nous sommes en corège d´autres – relie par un ligne de coeure …”   Cocteau also mentions a “déluge de sotisses sur Picasso”.

A nice letter showing the relationship between Jean C. and Manuel G.; I decided to add it to my collection.