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Pablo Picasso, Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1963

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1963
Reference: AR 494
Medium: Madoura ceramic round plate of white earthenware clay with engobe decoration under glaze (blue, green, black)
Image Size: DIAMETER: 10 in (25.4 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 500 in black on verso.
Signature: This work is inscribed 'No. 197 | EDITION | PICASSO | 267/500 | MADOURA' in black on verso.
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Pablo Picasso Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1963 is a charming ceramic adorned with one of Picasso's favorite things to draw, a simple, yet animated face. This whimsical and humorous face echoes that of a clown, conveying a sense of lighthearted nature and childlike sentiment. The shiny glaze adds to the brilliance of the limited palette Picasso used; the sky blue and sublime green cheeks and lips contrast against the white background of the natural earthenware clay. Swift, bold strokes of black come together to create the minimalist features of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and wide smile. The coloration serves as another characterizing element of this portrait, adding life and depth to this visage.  A painterly outline adorns the rim of the plate, emphasizing the round form, while defining the edge of his subject's circular head. Throughout the artwork, Picasso's lines are drawn with imprecision and his symmetry with a slight imbalance; subtle details which add freedom and expression to the piece. Picasso had created a number of faces for a series of ceramic plates; this particular example stands out as one of his more cheerful and exuberant works.

Created in 1963, Pablo Picasso Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1963 is a Madoura ceramic round plate of white earthenware clay with engobe decoration under glaze (blue, green, black). Numbered from the edition of 500 in black on verso, this work is inscribed 'No. 197 | EDITION | PICASSO | 267/500 | MADOURA' in black on verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Pablo Picasso Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1963 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, Vallauris: Madoura, 1988, Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 494.
  2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this Pablo Picasso Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1963.

 

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