Pablo Picasso, Hibou rouge sur fond noir (Red Owl on Black Ground), 1957 A.R. 398

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Hibou rouge sur fond noir (Red Owl on Black Ground), 1957
Reference:A.R. 398
Medium:Madoura turned round dish of red earthenware clay, engobe decoration in black, and knife engraved, with decorated back.
Image:DIAMETER: 18 1/8 in (46 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 150.
Signature:Handwritten inscription 'EDITION PICASSO MADOURA,' with inscribed stamps 'madoura plein feu' and 'edition picasso'
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-5948

Historical Description

Mirroring the exemplary coloration of Greco-Roman pottery, Pablo Picasso ceramic Hibou rouge sur fond noir (Red Owl on Black Ground), 1957 A.R 398 is striking. Nestled into the form of the plate, a tawny red own spreads its glorious wings. Most piercing, however, are the keen yellow eyes that sharply gaze out. The dual colors of red and black cover the majority of the plate, except for these eyes. Because of this, the eyes cannot help but stand out. Picasso explored the idea of the bird many times in his ceramic oeuvre. Though the dishes are very earthbound - unlike the bird - there remains a free and lively property to these birds bound in ceramic. Aspects of our owl feel so lifelike that it feels frozen in time. Picasso's works remain so engaging because of this intangible element.

Created in 1957, this turned round dish of red earthenware clay, with engobe decoration in black, knife engraved decoration, and decorated back is from the numbered edition of 150. This work has the hand inscription 'EDITION PICASSO MADOURA,' with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'D'APRES PICASSO' pottery stamps on the reverse.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Ceramic Red Owl on Black Ground (Hibou rouge sur fond noir), 1957 A.R. 398 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. 398.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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