Skip to Content
Closed today, next open Thursday. Closed today, next open Thursday.

The Egyptian

A work made of sugar-lift etching and aquatint on copper in black on ivory wove paper.
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Image actions

  • A work made of sugar-lift etching and aquatint on copper in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

May 11, 1953, published 1954

Artist:

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
printed by Roger Lacourière (French, 1892-1966)
published by Galerie Louise Leiris

About this artwork

The Egyptian is said to depict the artist Françoise Gilot (1921–2023), Picasso’s romantic partner from 1943–53. Gilot once claimed “I am the only woman who did not sacrifice herself to the sacred monster [Picasso]” after she left him in 1953 with their two children. In this large-scale print we see her face from the front and in profile accompanied by large and clumsy hands. Picasso worked with the printer Roger Lacourière to create this work, using a technique they invented together: sugar-lift aquatint. In this process, an artist draws or paints directly on a copper plate.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title

The Egyptian

Place

Spain (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1953

Medium

Sugar-lift etching and aquatint on copper in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

Plate: 83.5 × 47.4 cm (32 7/8 × 18 11/16 in.); Sheet: 91.6 × 63.9 cm (36 1/8 × 25 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift from the estate of Curt Valentin

Reference Number

1955.613

Copyright

© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share