Pablo Picasso, Heads, 1956 A.R. 367

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Madoura Vase, Heads, 1956
Reference:AR. 367
Medium:Original white, earthenware clay turned pitcher with oxidized paraffin decoration on white enamel
Image:MAX HEIGHT: 5 in (12.7 cm) MAX WIDTH: 6 in (15.2 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 500.
Signature:Hand inscription in oxidized paraffin on the underside of the base, 'EDITION | PICASSO| MADOURA' with the inscribed stamps, 'Madoura Plein Feu' and 'Edition Picasso.'
Condition:This work is in very good condition.
ID #w-4169

Historical Description

These whimsical fauns' heads sheds light on Picasso's subtle sense of humor and charm. They are a play on positive and negative, light and dark; they are seemingly opposites of one another, but upon closer inspection, reveal very minute differences in detail. The ears of the darker faun are more pronounced, along with his eyes, pupils, and bridge of his nose. His lighter counterpart is set against a dark background, which envelopes his finer features and makes way for a simpler portrait. Both come together on the face of this hand-made, turned pitcher that is rustic, decorative, and true to Picasso's iconic style.

Created in 1956, this original turned pitcher of white earthenware clay has oxidized paraffin decoration throughout with white enamel. Hand inscription in oxidized paraffin on the underside of the base, 'EDITION | PICASSO' with the inscribed stamps, 'Madoura Plein Feu' and 'Edition Picasso'; also with glazed ink stamp, 'Made In France'.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Heads, 1956 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the final sale of the work):

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. Madoura: Galerie Madoura, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 367 on pg. 189.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany the work.


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