Pablo Picasso, Woman, 1955
Signed Pablo Picasso, Ceramic Madoura Sculpture, Woman, 1955
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
Original Madoura turned pitcher of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes; glazed inside
|Image Size:||BASE DIAMETER: 4 1/3 in (11cm) HEIGHT: 13 in (33 cm)|
|Signed:||This work is marked on the underside of the base 'Edition Picasso' in addition to imprinted 'D'Apres Picasso and 'Madoura Plein Feu' pottery stamps.|
|Edition:||From the edition of 100.|
|Condition:||In very good condition; very slight handling stains in unglazed areas.|
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This exquisite ceramic exhibits a creatively unique likeness to the elegant woman from which it was inspired. This classic rendition comes to life in this decorative, hand-made pitcher. Echoing the curvy silhouette of a woman, this refined pitcher has been decorated by hand to reflect that of a figural study of the female form. The curve of the spout molds to the contours of her face while it gently slopes inward to form the nape of her neck. It continues further bellowing to an elegant pear-shaped design, with intricate engobe detailing around the base and the handle as well. The inner rim of the glazed spout is subtly accented by deep blue lines, giving the Woman an added sense of depth and charm. This is truly one of Picasso's more classic pieces and would make a fine addition to any collection.
Created in 1955, this turned pitcher was produced at the Madoura Pottery Workshop located in Southern France. It is both marked and stamped on the underside of the base, indicating the 'D'Apres Picasso' & 'Madoura Plein Feu' from which this piece derives. This work is from the edition of 100.
|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.