Pablo Picasso, Bouquet (Bunch), 1955 A.R. 254

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Bouquet (Bunch), 1955
Reference:A.R. 254
Medium:White earthenware clay rectangular dish with decoration in engobes (red, white, green, black); knife engraved under glaze.
Image:DIMENSIONS: 14 3/16 in x 11 5/8 in (36 cm x 29.5 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 450.
Signature:With the inscribed stamps: 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' on verso.
Condition:This piece is in very good condition.
ID #w-5279
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Historical Description

Sharp juxtapositions of color and form command our attention in this striking still life Pablo Picasso ceramic Bouquet (Bunch), 1955 A.R. 254. Paying particular attention to the contrast between black and white, Picasso creates an incredibly graphic image in an unexpected medium. Three exquisite flowers rest in a rectangular vase, conveyed through the use of bold, white lines that stand out against the colorful background. The surprising color palette of black, white, sienna red, and turquoise green relays an almost southwestern feel, which is furthered by the decorative touches surrounding the border. With Picasso, every slight stroke is crucial to the overall effect of the image, and his subtle application of blue upon the leaves and stems of the flowers adds just the right amount of softness to this otherwise sharp, graphic image.

This ceramic shape, the rectangular plate, was one of Picasso's first preferred shapes when he came to Vallauris. He continued to create art on this ceramic shape. The rectangular plate is excellent as it provides a large flat surface on which to paint, but also a hefty lip for Picasso's abstract decorations. It also provides for a portrait or landscape orientation, which allows for a larger variety of subjects.

Created in 1955, this white earthenware clay rectangular dish with decoration in engobes (red, white, green, black) is knife engraved under glaze. This piece is from the edition of 450 and features the inscribed stamps: 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU and 'EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' on verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso ceramic Bunch (Bouquet), 1955 A.R. 254 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying 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. 254.
2. Ramié, Georges. Pablo Picasso: Catalogue de l'oeuvre grave céramique Tome III 1949 - 1971. New York: Viking Press, 1976. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 727.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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