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Pablo Picasso, Face with Black Nose (Visage au nez noir), 1969

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Face with Black Nose (Visage au nez noir), 1969
Medium:Madoura white earthenware clay turned pitcher with decoration in engobes (black, green, blue, white, red) engraved by knife under partial brushed glaze with grey patina.
Image:DIMENSIONS: 13 1/8 in x 9 in (33.3 cm x 23 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 200.
Signature:This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the underside; also inscribed ' Edition | Picasso| Madoura' on the underside.
Condition:This piece is in excellent condition.
ID #w-5617

Historical Description

Picasso Ceramic Face with Black Nose (Visage au nez noir), 1969, continues the artist's fascination with portraiture. Endlessly fascinated with the human face, Picasso created a range of ceramics that address this subject. Here we witness one of Picasso's more eye-catching examples, as a curious, wide-eyed face gazes out at us. Bold strokes of color and engraved lines define this intricately conveyed human face. This marvelous piece is particularly noteworthy for its decorative details such as the sun-like strokes surrounding each eye, the parallel diagonals that delineate the nose, and the large blue stripes upon the handle. Picasso defines his subject with recessed lines and applications of color under a partial brushed glaze, adding an element of texture and shine to this already mesmerizing piece. Furthermore, the bulbous shape of the vase enlarges the face, enhancing each color and the texture. There is something truly hypnotic about Picasso Face with Black Nose, 1969, as Picasso draws us in with his swirling lines and bold, gestural strokes.

Created in 1969, this white earthenware clay turned pitcher  decorated in engobes (black, green, blue, white, red) engraved by knife under partial brushed glaze with grey patina is from the numbered edition of 200.  This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the underside; also inscribed ' Edition | Picasso| Madoura' on the underside.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Pablo Picasso Ceramic Face with Black Nose  (Visage aux nez noir), 1969 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. 609.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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