Pablo Picasso, Set of Four Red Earthenware Tiles
Signed Pablo Picasso, Ceramic, Set of Four Red Earthenware Tiles
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Set of Four Red Earthenware Tiles|
|Reference:||Ramié 620, 627, 631, 633|
Red earthenware clay tiles
|Image Size:||5 15/16 in x 5 15/16 in (15 cm x 15cm)|
|Framed Size:||14 1/2 in x 14 1/2 in (36.8 cm x 36.8 cm)|
|Signed:||Features the inscribed stamps: 'Poinçon Originale de Picasso' d 'Madoura Plein Feu.'|
|Edition:||All four are numbered from an edition of 500.|
|Condition:||Beautiful works from the limited edition of stamped tiles; in pristine condition.|
This set of four tiles works delightfully as a set, yet each image retains its own charm. Picasso's attention to detail is clear as he evokes the whimsical images of a sun, geometric faces, and a dancer and hind. Placed against a minimal red clay background, we are able to further appreciate this attention to detail achieved through line and form.
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|Sleek and minimal in form, these red, earthenware clay tiles exhibit the unique,
expressive style of Pablo Picasso. This set consists of the following four works:
Lozenge with Dancer and Hind, Lozenge with Face, Little Square with Sun, and
Little Square with Face. These four works, though simple in form, are meticulously
detailed. The lines used to convey these figures are recessed slightly into
the bed of the tile, allowing for inherent shadows and lowlights to cast across
the work; this makes way for a curious effect, breathing life into these whimsical
Created in 1971, these red, earthenware clay tiles were made out of the edition of 500. Inscribed and stamped on the reverse, 'Poinçon Originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu.' All four are also numbered in black ink on the reverse from the edition of 500.
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971, Madoura, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonnés no. 620, 627, 631, and 633.
ABOUT THE FRAMING:
|Style:||Cubism, Blue Period, Rose Period, 20th Century Spanish Modern Master, Madoura ceramics of Vallauris, Vollard|
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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.