Pablo Picasso, Large Head, Left Profile, 1965
Signed Pablo Picasso, Ceramic Sculpture, Large Head, Left Profile, 1965
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Large Head, Left Profile, 1965|
Original Clay Picasso Sculpture (Slip Casting in White)
|Image Size:||2 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 11 1/4 in (5.7 cm x 4.4 cm x 28.6 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||Wooden base: 4 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in (10.8 cm x 9.5 cm)|
|Signed:||Handwritten inscriptions on the sculptural base reads, 'MADOURA' and 'EDITION PICASSO'|
|Edition:||Handwritten, inscribed number 19/50 on sculptural base|
|Condition:||Some natural kiln markings on the left and bottom of the base, which does not affect the image, overall in excellent condition|
In this stunning minimal work, Picasso reduces the general form to its most basic and expressive state. The crisp white surface allows us to focus on the silhouette of the figure, which appears as if subtly in motion. Picasso here proves that the phrase "less is more" has validity, for he achieves a great sense of depth and emotion through elegant simplicity.
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Extraordinary for the remarkably small edition size of only fifty, coupled with a modern sensibility and brilliant natural clay color—this is a rare and fantastic sculpture. Picasso reduces the general form to its most basic and expressive state. This sense of simplicity is amplified by the crisp white surface of the natural white clay. The white clay, coupled with the simplified design merge to create an expressive sense of movement, as if the figure was captured while walking or dancing. This interest in simplicity, sometimes referenced as primitivism, reflects Picasso’s modern sensibility and interest in decorative reduction.
Created in 1965, this clay sculpture has handwritten inscriptions on the sides of the sculptural base – one side reads, ‘MADOURA’ and the other ‘EDITION PICASSO | 19/50.’ Some natural kiln markings on the left and bottom of the base, which does not affect the image, overall in excellent condition.
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|Style:||20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist|
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Biography of Pablo Picasso
"Yet Cubism and Modern art weren't either scientific or intellectual; they were visual and came from the eye and mind of one of the greatest geniuses in art history. Pablo Picasso, born in Spain, was a child prodigy who was recognized as such by his art-teacher father, who ably led him along. The small Museo de Picasso in Barcelona is devoted primarily to his early works, which include strikingly realistic renderings of casts of ancient sculpture.
"He was a rebel from the start and, as a teenager, began to frequent the Barcelona cafes where intellectuals gathered. He soon went to Paris, the capital of art, and soaked up the works of Manet, Gustave Courbet, and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose sketchy style impressed him greatly. Then it was back to Spain, a return to France, and again back to Spain - all in the years 1899 to 1904.
"Before he struck upon Cubism, Picasso went through a prodigious number of styles - realism, caricature, the Blue Period, and the Rose Period. The Blue Period dates from 1901 to 1904 and is characterized by a predominantly blue palette and subjects focusing on outcasts, beggars, and prostitutes. This was when he also produced his first sculptures. The most poignant work of the style is in Cleveland's Museum of Art, La Vie (1903), which was created in memory of a great childhood friend, the Spanish poet Casagemas, who had committed suicide. The painting started as a self-portrait, but Picasso's features became those of his lost friend. The composition is stilted, the space compressed, the gestures stiff, and the tones predominantly blue. Another outstanding Blue Period work, of 1903, is in the Metropolitan, The Blind Man's Meal. Yet another example, perhaps the most lyrical and mysterious ever, is in the Toledo Museum of Art, the haunting Woman with a Crow (1903).
"The Rose Period began around 1904 when Picasso's palette brightened, the paintings dominated by pinks and beiges, light blues, and roses. His subjects are saltimbanques (circus people), harlequins, and clowns, all of whom seem to be mute and strangely inactive. One of the premier works of this period is in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery's large and extremely beautiful Family of Saltimbanques dating to 1905, which portrays a group of circus workers who appear alienated and incapable of communicating with each other, set in a one-dimensional space.
"In 1905, Picasso went briefly to Holland, and on his return to Paris, his works took on a classical aura with large male and fernale figures seen frontally or in distinct profile, almost like early Greek art. One of the best of these of 1906 is in the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, La Toilette. Several pieces in this new style were purchased by Gertrude (the art patron and writer) and her brother, Leo Stein.
Picasso enjoyed creating his art on many media. From paintings to etchings to ceramics, all of his works are a testament to his skills. There are even Picasso prints that are worth more than unique original works.