Art New York, May 3-6, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Ceramic Unique color variant, Tete de chevre de profil, 1952

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Ceramic Unique color variant, Tete de chevre de profil, 1952
Medium: Original Madoura white earthenware clay round/square dish with decoration in engobes (ivory, blue, yellow, black) under partial brushed glaze with patinated ground
Image Size: DIAMETER: 16 in (41 cm)
Edition: A unique version of the empreinte.
Signature: This work is stamped with the 'Madoura Plein Feu' and 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' stamps on the reverse.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition.
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ID # w-4364

The dark, elegant profile of a curious goat emerges against a starry background in the striking Pablo Picasso Ceramic Unique color variant, Tete de chevre de profil, 1952. The goats head is tilted very slightly up, as if it is looking into the sky - perhaps up at the twinkling stars that gleam above. The raised surface of this large-scale dish delineates the outline of the goat's face - a characteristic that is best exemplified by this rare color variant in which the goat's face is monotone and devoid of painterly coloration. The goat is depicted in geometric lines and shapes, yet looks very lifelike. Picasso's skill at capturing the expression of his subject shines through, even in his animal subjects, as we sense a mischievous twinkle in this goat's eye. The dark background is contrasted with the bright yellows, vibrant greens, and brilliant blues that dot the composition. The spots of colors almost work to outline the goats head and they direct the attention of the viewer in towards the profile of the goat.

Created in 1952, this original white earthenware clay round/square dish with decoration in engobes (ivory, blue, yellow, black) under partial brushed glaze with patinated ground is an extremely rare color variant. This work is a unique version of the empreinte. A similar unique version of the empreinte was sold on May 18th, 2017 for $137,500 at Sotheby's New York in their Picasso Man & Beast: Works from the Collection of Marina Picasso Sale. This round/square dish is stamped with the 'Madoura Plein Feu' and 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' stamps on the reverse.

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ & COA:
Pablo Picasso Ceramic Unique color variant, Tete de chevre de profil, 1952 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: 1988. A variant of this is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 154 on pg. 86.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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