Pablo Picasso, Chouette Femme (Woman Owl), 1951

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Chouette Femme (Woman Owl), 1951
Reference: Ramié 119
Medium: Original turned vase of white earthenware clay, Engobe and Paraffin Decoration, White Enamel with Black
Image Size: DIMENSIONS: 11 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 8 in (29.21 x 13.97 x 20.32 cm)
Edition: From the edition of 500.
Signature: This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the underside, along with the handwritten inscription'EDITION PICASSO MADOURA' in black.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price: Sold Inquire
ID # W-5395

Using a standard symmetrical vase form, Picasso complicates the shape by adding a cropped cylinder to the center back portion of Pablo Picasso ceramic Chouette Femme (Woman Owl), 1951. 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 face is rendered in broad, sweeping brushstrokes that create stark features. The face looks human - there is little owl in the front of the vase. The use of this shape of vase, which is so often used to depict owls, plays with the expectations of the viewer. In addition to this, when viewed from the back, the strands of the woman's pulled-back hair looks like the folded wings of an owl. This masterful vase holds both the characteristics of a woman and an owl. The decoration, done exclusively in black on a white enamel plane, is truly beautiful.

Created in 1951, this original turned vase of white earthenware clay, engobe and paraffin decoration, white enamel with black. Inscribed stamps on the underside of the ceramic, 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO'. Features handwritten inscription in black on the underside of the ceramic, 'EDITION | PICASSO |’; from the total edition of 500.


Pablo Picasso Ceramic Woman Owl (Chouette Femme), 1951 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. 1988, listed as catalogue raisonné no. 119.

2) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.


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