Pablo Picasso, Grosse tete, profil droit (Big head, Right profile), 1965 A.R. 536

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Grosse tete, profil droit, 1965
Reference:Ramié 536
Medium:White earthenware ceramic sculpture with slip casting in white on wooden base.
Image Size:2 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 11 1/4 in (5.7 cm x 4.4 cm x 28.6 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50, incised on the front of the sculptural base.
Signature:This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' pottery stamp on the back of the base and inscribed 'EDITION PICASSO' on the front of the base.
Condition:The work is in good condition
ID #w-5242
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Historical Description

Extraordinary for the remarkably small edition size of only fifty, coupled with a modern sensibility and brilliant natural clay color, Pablo Picasso ceramic Grosse tete, profil droit (Big head, Right profile), 1965 A.R. 536 is a rare and fantastic sculpture. Picasso reduces the general form to its most basic and expressive state. This sense of simplicity is amplified by the crisp white surface of the natural white clay. The white clay, coupled with the simplified design merge to create an expressive sense of movement, as if the figure was captured while walking or dancing. This interest in simplicity, sometimes referenced as primitivism, reflects Picasso’s modern sensibility and interest in decorative reduction.

Created in 1965, this clay sculpture has handwritten inscriptions on the sides of the sculptural base – one side reads, ‘MADOURA’ and the other ‘EDITION PICASSO | Numbered from the edition of 50.’ Some natural kiln markings on the left and bottom of the base, which does not affect the image, overall in excellent condition.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso ceramic Grosse tete, profil droit (Big head, Right profile), 1965 A.R. 536 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. Madoura: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonne no. 536.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

Freestanding Sculpture Placement:
This freestanding clay sculpture is best enjoyed in an environment where it is accessible from all sides. Pedestals are often an appropriate way to showcase larger ceramic pieces. In some instances, collectors have chosen to encase their freestanding sculptures under traditional museum bonnets. Museum bonnets are transparent acrylic cubes constructed with one open side that can be placed over the work as an added layer of protection from an unpredictable environment. If you are placing the work in an area where it might be touched or disturbed, a museum bonnet is an excellent conservation solution that can be custom made to fit over the sculpture. If you would like more information on freestanding sculptural placement and/or reinforcement, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Subject Matter: Portrait