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Pablo Picasso, Centaure (Centaur), 1956

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Artist Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title Centaure (Centaur), 1956
Reference Ramié 339
Medium Original Madoura round dish of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes (yellow, red, green, black) under partial brushed glaze
Image Size DIAMETER: 16 3/4 in (42.4 cm)
Edition Numbered from the edition of 100
Signature This work is stamped with the ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ and ‘EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO’ pottery stamps on verso.
Condition This work is in excellent condition
Gallery Price Sold
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ID # W-5462

A magical creature that delights in lust and drink, the centaur fascinated Pablo Picasso, featuring in much of his art and brilliantly portrayed in Picasso ceramic Centaure (Centaur), 1956. Frolicking in the center of this yellow dish, a centaur rears up and almost appears to wave out at us with glee. Mythological creatures are a common theme in Picasso's oeuvre, and centaurs are depicted in particular on many of his ceramics.  A truly fantastical work, brilliant shades of yellow outline the curve of the dish, really catching the eye of any viewer and also creating a happy tone for the overall piece. The surface is remarkably detailed, featuring dots and lines along the edges to emphasize the mythical creature in the center. Every stroke is painterly, the colors subtly mixing and demonstrating the wonderful interplay of clay and paint. The mixture of colors creates a wide range of new and vibrant tones. The relief work on the round dish also gives it a sense of depth and life. Instilled with a sense of animation and liveliness, this is a truly eye catching and enchanting work.

Created in 1956, this original round dish of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes (yellow, red, green, black) under partial brushed glaze is from the edition of 100. This work is stamped with the ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ and ‘EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO’ pottery stamps on the reverse.

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ & COA:
Pablo Picasso ceramic Centaur (Centaure), 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: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 339.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work

 

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