Pablo Picasso, Faune cavalier (Cavalier Faun), 1956

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Faune cavalier (Cavalier Faun), 1956
Reference: AR 337
Medium: Madoura round dish of white earthenware clay with engobe decoration (ivory, blue) under brushed glaze
Image Size: DIAMETER: 16 5/8 in (42 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 100.
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.
Gallery Price: Sold Inquire
ID # W-6059

An eccentric faun sits astride his lively horse in Pablo Picasso ceramic Faune cavalier (Cavalier Faun), 1956. The faun holds a cup on one hand and a spear held aloft in the other. Fauns come from the tradition of Roman mythology and are closely associated with the Roman god of wine, Bacchus, which could explain the presence of the wine cup in his hand. Fauns typically dwell in forests, which is well represented by the leafy, fern-like quality of the hair on both the faun and the horse. Picasso never fails to use the entirety of the ceramic to his advantage, and in this work utilizes the rim of the plate to hold a decorative scheme of alternating faun heads. They mirror the head of the central faun and give the impression that our faun is not alone in this forest.

A creative and playful work, Picasso uses carefree lines that bring movement to the faun and horse. We as the viewer are given a peek into the secret life of a faun, and we watch as the companions canter through the surrounding forest on a hunt.

Created in 1956, this Madoura round plate of white earthenware clay with engobe decoration (ivory, blue) under brushed glaze is stamped with the ‘EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO’ and ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU’ pottery stamps on the underside and numbered from the edition of 100.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Pablo Picasso ceramic Cavalier Faun (Faune cavalier), 1956 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. 337.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

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