Pablo Picasso, Woman Lamp (Lampe Femme), 1955
Signed Pablo Picasso, Ceramic, Woman Lamp (Lampe Femme), 1955
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Woman Lamp (Lampe Femme), 1955|
White earthenware clay with decoration in engobes in blue, black and grey and engraved by knife
|Image Size:||Height: 14 3/4 in (37.5 cm), Widest Width: 7 1/2 in (19 cm), Base Diameter: 3 7/8 in (9.85 cm)|
|Signed:||This work contains guaranteed authentic 'Madoura Plein Feu' Stamps on the bottom of the base including the ink notation, 'Edition Picasso.'|
|Edition:||From the limited edition of the Woman Lamp series produced in 1955.|
|Condition:||This delicate surface in wonderful condition with clear markings on the bottom.|
This ceramic of a woman and man is captivating as their bold curves, clean colors, and simplistic demeanor expel a feminine and male charm everyone can admire. One of Picasso's most famous and limited ceramic works, Woman Lamp is an amazing ceramic that rarely comes up for sale.
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A spectacular design with exquisite coloration, this ceramic lamp is a technologically complicated sculpture. Inspired by traditional utilitarian vase designs from the south of France, this ceramic has been re-engineered to include an intricate circular handle interwoven into the neck of the lamp. This solid circular handle merges two designs: a classic jug with a traditional vase. With a delicate balance of aesthetic elements and technical mastery, the lamp stands firmly on its own.
In the shape of a lovely woman, the brilliantly delicate hand-coloration coupled with unique line engravings and a black/ brown scalloped design culminate in giving this lamp a life of its own. On one side of the lamp we see a female form, curved and feminine with organic, subtle features. On the opposing side of the lamp, we see her male counterpart whose masculine features are accentuated by the natural curvatures inherent in the formation of the handles on the piece. Further down toward the base of the lamp, we can make out the engraved markings of his abstracted body, whose hand-painted decorations follow the lamp around to create the female form for the figure on the other side.
On closer examination, the hand-painted design and delicate carved markings along the base and handles of the lamp are exceptional and executed with incredibly fine precision. This piece sets itself apart from others in the series by its distinct dotted pattern in black and blue along the lip of the lamp. Long, fluid strokes of blue and brown follow the handles down along the body of the work which are further accented by the delicate engraving of lines which echo the strokes of color. These engraved lines allow for a textured, more characteristic surface of the handles, unseen elsewhere in this series.
Created in 1955, Woman Lamp comes from a limited edition of works from Picasso's Woman Lamp series by Madoura. She is a rare variant on two other ceramic lamps similar in design and hand-painted markings (see R298 and R299) however, examples of this specific piece are scarce.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso: Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947
- 1971, Galerie Madoura: Vallauris, 1988. Similar works listed and illustrated
as catalogue raisonné nos. 298-9 on pg. 154.
|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.