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In 1968 Picasso made a series of 347 prints in a period of just seven months. Although he had made many etchings before, notably those published collectively as the 'Vollard Suite', he had never worked quite so intensively on a print project. The size of the series was not predetermined. The prints do not tell a story but are a group of images which collectively depicts the fantasies of an artist in old age. Aware of his declining sexual potency, Picasso cast himself in the role of a voyeur. The series encouraged a widespread revival of interest in etching among contemporary artists.

August 2004