Amours féminines (Le Couple)
Amours féminines (Le Couple) (Bloch 690)

1951 (November 27, Paris)

Drypoint printed on Arches wove
From the edition of 400, of which 350 are numbered 51 to 400 and printed on  Arches wove
Numbered 161/350 in pencil, lower left
Published by Valentine Penrose and Marcel Zerbib as the frontispiece of Valentine Penrose's Dons des Féminines, 1951
Image: 8 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches
Sheet: 13 x 9 7/8 inches
(Bloch 690) (Baer 889.C.b.) (Cramer 61)

This image of two women lying on a bed, locked in each other’s arms, was created by Picasso on November 27, 1951 for Dons Des Féminines, a book of collages by Valentine Penrose. Twenty-six full page collages are paired with “automatic” texts in French and English and a preface by Picasso’s dear friend, Paul Eluard, a pivotal influence in Picasso’s decision to make an etching for the book. Dons Des Féminines is believed to be one of only two intaglios made by the artist that year.