Pablo now lives throughout the year in the south of France far away from the Parisian printers and for some years his engraving activity in the more traditional techniques is limited.
He gradually invents an improvement that greatly facilitates the linocut. Instead of working with previously cut elements, he uses a single linoleum plate which he slices progressively before each inking of a new color.
His masterpieces in this new technique are a Déjeuner sur l'herbe printed in 50 copies in 1962 and a Nature morte avec un verre sous la lampe printed in the same year in 50 copies plus some artist's proofs in an image format 53 X 64 cm on a 62 x 75 cm sheet of Arches paper.
Two full-margin copies of the Nature morte come separately in New York. Each lot is estimated $ 200K. On April 18 Phillips sells the 31/50, lot 8. On April 19 Christie's sells the 44/50, lot 36.
Phillips : $ 250K including premium
Christie's : unsold on April 19, SOLD on October 25 in same location for $ 200K before fees, lot 199.