Pablo Picasso, Visage, 1959

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Visage, 1959
Medium:Original Madoura white earthenware clay turned pitcher with decoration in engobes (brown,black) and glaze inside
Image:9 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in (23.5 cm x 14 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 300
Signature:This work is inscribed ‘EDITION PICASSO MADOURA’ with the ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ and ‘EDITION PICASSO’ pottery stamps on the underside.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4388

Historical Description

Using a standard symmetrical vase form, Picasso complicates the shape by adding a cropped cylinder to the center back portion of the vase. This interesting design choice is incorporated into the decoration, as Picasso uses the cropped cylinder to become the pinned back hair of the "Owl Woman." Picasso's merging of the female and animal forms is typical of his signature style, as he continued to explore transformative properties of the female figure throughout his career. The decoration, done exclusively in black on a white enamel plane, is truly beautiful.

Created in 1951, this ceramic turned vase is constructed from white earthenware clay, with engobe and paraffin decoration on white enamel with black. From the edition of 500, this work contains guaranteed authentic 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura' Stamps on the bottom of the base. Written into the glaze is also the text, 'Edition Picasso' in black. The marking are pristine and the glaze is reflective and fresh, this work is in wonderful condition!

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971.

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