|Artist:||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Corrida (Bullfight), 1953|
|Medium:||Madoura round dish of white earthenware clay with oxidized paraffin decoration (brown, green) and white enamel bath.|
|Image Size:||DIAMETER: 16 7/8 in (43 cm)|
|Framed Size:||26 3/8 in x 26 3/8 in (67 cm x 67 cm)|
|Edition:||From the edition of 200.|
|Signature:||This work is stamped with the ‘EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO’ and ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ pottery stamps on the underside.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Pablo Picasso ceramic Corrida (Bullfight), 1953 details multiple plays in action in a bullfight. The bull takes center stage as it charges into the spear of the picador. The picador dons the tradition clothing and rides astride his groomed horse. The horse rears up in anticipation of the charging bull as the picador angles his spear downward and catches the bull on the back. To the right of the bull stands a matador with cape outstretched, herding the bull. Lots of action and confrontation takes up the center of this piece, but a much more peaceful study of the bull takes place along the outer edge. Bulls, both sitting and standing, are depicted along the outer rim of the plate. Some are fully actualized and colored, while others remain outlines or partially filled in figures.
Picasso explores the idea of bullfighting in much of his greater oeuvre, but in particular on his ceramics. The ceramic plates provide the perfect surface for depicting bull fighting – the structure of the plate has a ring built into it with the central portion of the plate and the rim. Here we also see the fascination that Picasso had with the creature of the bull itself.
Created in 1953, this Madoura round dish of white earthenware clay with oxidized paraffin decoration (brown, green) and white enamel bath is stamped with the ‘EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO’ and ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ pottery stamps on the underside and numbered from the edition of 200.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso ceramic Bullfight (Corrida), 1953 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: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 181.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.