Pablo Picasso, Little Bust of Woman, 1964
Signed Pablo Picasso, Ceramic, Little Bust of Woman, 1964
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Little Bust of Woman, 1964|
Original red earthenware clay rectangular plaque
|Image Size:||13 in x 9 7/8 in (33 cm x 25 cm)|
|Framed Size:||30 3/4 in x 27 5/8 in (78.1 cm x 70.2 cm)|
|Signed:||Inscribed with the 'Empreinte originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' stamps on the reverse|
|Edition:||Numbered 33/100 (from the total edition of 100) on the reverse.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition with richly saturated color throughout the engobe printing and pristine markings on the reverse.|
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|Picasso incises careful detail to construct the delicate face, voluminous hair,
and subtle expression of a beautiful woman. Lacking in unnecessary garments
or decoration, Picasso here focuses on the natural beauty of his subject, conveying
her long, flowing hair, elegant face, and hint of a smile with ease. He uses
sharp, jagged lines to depict the general, somewhat abstract, delineation of
the woman's bust, but also expertly shades the skins with softer, subtle lines
that contribute to this overall sense of an incredible detailed work. The color
contrast within this work is also noteworthy, as sharp black areas pop out against
the red-brown background, further highlighting the woman's lovely features.|
Created in 1964, this original Madoura rectangular plaque is made of red earthenware clay, printed with engobe pad in black. This work is inscribed with the 'Empreinte originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' stamps on the reverse; numbered 33/100 (from the total edition of 100) on the reverse.
1. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, Catalogue de l'oeuvre grave céramique
|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.