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This etching, dating from March 1972, is almost the last in the group of 156 prints known as the '156 Series'. It does not contain as much of the overt erotic imagery which characterises the series as a whole, although the naked female figure on the right of the composition has all the sexual exuberance of earlier images. In later life Picasso mastered a variety of print-making techniques which he employed with remarkable directness and vigour. The '156 Series', in which he frequently combined a number of different techniques in one image, constitutes a virtuoso performance in this medium.

August 2004