Pablo Picasso, Madoura Plate, Picador, 1952

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Madoura Plate, Picador, 1952
Reference:Ramié 160
Medium:Madoura glazed terre de faience turned round plate with oxidized paraffin decoration
Image:DIAMETER: 8 in (20.3 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 500.
Signature:This work is inscribed 'Edition Picasso', with the 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' stamps on the underside of the plate
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-5647

Historical Description

Picasso Picador 1952 is a wonderful ceramic work which showcases Picasso’s unique style. Exhibiting his love of experimenting with various art media, this piece is rendered with strong contrast and lyrical figurative elements. Set on a brilliantly glazed white background, the Picador on horseback evokes a sense of quiet solitude that is best experienced in person. Surrounding this figure are carefully placed dots which encircle the border of the plate. This decorative element frames the figure and allows viewers to focus on the central scene. The figure is lightly brushed in black, lending an air of delicacy to an otherwise masculine and bold character. The enamel gives the plate a glazed effect, adding to the textural quality of this work. From a very young age, Picasso was familiar and fascinated with the sport of bullfighting. In bullfighting, Picasso saw a mythological symbol embodying suffering and anger. The drama of this fierce struggle between man and beast became a recurring theme in his work. Here he chooses to convey the lone picador seated calmly atop his horse, as if taking a quiet moment to himself prior to the fight. In this way, Picasso imbues an utilitarian object with his personal narrative and style.

Created in 1952, this Madoura turned round plate of white earthenware clay with white enamel and oxidized paraffin decoration (black) is inscribed 'Edition Picasso', with the 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' stamps on the underside of the plate. From the edition of 500.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Picasso Picador, 1952 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the sale of the work):

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971.
Madoura: 1988. Listed an illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 160

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

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