Pablo Picasso, Bearded Yan, 1963

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Bearded Yan, 1963
Reference:A.R. 513
Medium:Red earthenware clay turned ceramic pitcher with engobe decoration engraved by knife
Image Size:DIMENSIONS: 10 in (26 cm) x 5.1 in (13 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 300.
Signature:This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' pottery stamps on the reverse.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7247

Historical Description

Drawing inspiration from Greek mythology, Picasso recreates the visage of a yan, or faun on the face of this pitcher.  The expressive curls of his beard and mane accent his furrowed brow and mysterious grin.  The most intriguing feature are his flushed cheeks, translated not with color, but with the manipulation of the clay with the edge of a knife – first with three distinct tick marks on either side and a slight scraping to distort the color and grain of the clay; this is a fascinating and innovative detail to the overall composition.

Georges Bloch stated of Picasso’s ceramic works, ‘…in approach, material and technique is as novel as it is interesting.  Pottery, gleaming white discs with relief designs, monochrome or brightly coloured ovals, dishes and even jugs and vases here serve as bearers of compositions whose themes express the joyous, life-loving side of Picasso’s work.  They are printed from blocks and stamps fashioned by the master over a period of more than twenty years in the Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris.” (Bloch 7)

Created on August 30, 1963, this turned pitcher is made of red earthenware clay with black engobe decoration engraved by a knife.  The underside has been inscribed and stamped with ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ and ‘Edition Picasso’; with handwritten inscriptions, ‘Edition Picasso | 44/300 | Madoura’ (out of a total edition of 300 numbered works).

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Bearded Yan, 1963 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 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. 513 on pg. 256.
2. Ramié, Georges. Picasso’s Ceramics. New York: Viking Press, Inc., 1976. Another version listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 749 on pg. 281.