A Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer, Picasso was considered radical in his work. His revolutionary art brought him universal renown and immense fortune. For his accomplishments he is remembered as the most famous, versatile, prolific and influential artist of the 20th century. Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. "When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. By the 1920s Picasso had established himself as a world famous painter and from that time on his reputation and status continued to grow. It is our good fortune that Picasso had such a great love of printmaking. By the time he died in 1973 he had produced a substantial body of original etchings, lithographs and linocuts, which rank alongside the greatest prints of the 20th century. His work, along with Matisse ad Duchamp defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century. Between 1958 and 1961 Picasso made many linocuts, a process that he found hugely stimulating. These linocuts were first issued in signed editions of 50 by Galerie Louise Leiris, many of which now sell at between £8,000 and £80,000 each. Picasso invented the 'reduction' method, progressively cutting the same linoblock for each new colour, making it impossible to take any further prints from the original plates. The enormous body of Picasso's work remains and the legend lives on a tribute to the vitality of the Spaniard who superstitiously believed that work would keep him alive. In 1962, in collaboration with Picasso and Galerie Louise Leiris, new linoleum plates were made at 42 per cent of the original size. The prints held by TROWBRIDGE Gallery were made using those plates. A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each original 1962 linocut. These are not later reproductions and should be not confused with modern posters.