Pablo Picasso, Bullfighting Number 3: Picador, 1959
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Bullfighting Number 3: Picador, 1959|
|Reference:||Ramié 426, Bloch 142|
Original Red Earthenware Clay Round Dish with Decoration in Engobes (Black)
|Image Size:||DIAMETER: 16 1/2 in (42 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is stamped on the bottom of the dish "Empreinte Originale e Picasso" and "Madoura Plein Feu"|
|Edition:||Numbered 4/50(from the edition of 50) on the bottom of the dish.|
|Condition:||This piece is in excellent condition.|
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|Historical Description of This Work:|
This stunning piece is one of eight dishes that Picasso created of different
corrida scenes, all made of red earthenware clay with black engobe decoration.
This scene depicts the moment earlier on in the fight when the picador, or horseman
in the bullfight, lances the bull's neck muscles so that it will tend to keep
its head low for the later stages of the fight. In Picasso's depiction, another
matador prepares to face the bull, holding his cape if only to provoke the bull
further. Picasso again utilizes a triangular composition in which the action
takes places at the peak. The bull enters from the right while the picador enters
from the left. The horse rears up, creating the tip of the triangle and highlighting
the point at which the lance makes contact with the bull's neck.
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso: Volume III Catalogue of the Printed Ceramics.
Switzerland: Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein, 1972. Listed and illustrated as
catalogue raisonné no. 142.
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|Style:||Cubism, Blue Period, Rose Period, 20th Century Spanish Modern Master, Madoura ceramics of Vallauris, Vollard|
Pablo Picasso Biography
"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.
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