Pablo Picasso, Tête de Pitre (Clown Head), 1958
Signed Pablo Picasso, Unique Crayon Drawing, Tête de Pitre (Clown Head), 1958
|Artist:||Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Tête de Pitre (Clown Head), 1958|
Unique Original Crayon Drawing
|Image Size:||11 in x 8 in (27.9 cm x 20.3 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||11 in x 8 in (27.9 cm x 20.3 cm)|
|Signed:||This piece is hand-signed in dark blue crayon by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in the upper right.|
|Edition:||This is a unique original crayon drawing featured in the book "The Private World of Pablo Picasso" by David Douglas Duncan. It is hand-dated by Picasso in dark blue crayon '16.8.58.' on the right.|
|Condition:||This work is in good condition, slight fading of paper color due to age but drawing unaffected.|
In this whimsical unique hand-drawing, a colorful clown figure stares out at the viewer with a captivating smile. Gracing the title page of "The Private World of Pablo Picasso" by David Douglas Duncan, this crayon drawing captures an intimate glimpse into the creative mind of Picasso. A work any Picasso collector would covet for its originality and uniqueness.
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A delightful, colorful face of a clown-like figure graces the title page of "The Private World of Pablo Picasso". Written and photographed by David Douglas Duncan over the course of his 6-month stay in Picasso and Jacqueline's home, this book became a collaboration between the three. Intimate yet not intrusive, this book provides amazing insight into the then 75 year artist's world, both personal and professional. With the addition of the clown drawing in crayon by Pablo Picasso himself, one can see how creative and good natured the artist was.
Created on August 18, 1958, this crayon drawing is featured in the book, "The Private World of Pablo Picasso", published by Harper & Brothers and written by David Douglas Duncan. It is hand-signed in dark blue crayon by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, 1973) in the upper right and also features a hand-written date of '16.6.58.' in dark blue crayon on the right.
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|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.