Pablo Picasso, Masked Face, 1956 A.R. 347

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Masked Face, 1956
Reference:A.R. 347
Medium:Round dish of white earthenware clay
Image Size:DIAMETER: 16.5 in (42 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 100.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7281
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Historical Description

Pablo Picasso Masked Face, 1956 A.R. 347 explores the nuance of a face using only shallow relief to create and define expression. The features of a human face are stripped down to its basic parts in this work: a nose, mouth and pair of eyes. The nose consists of a thick vertical line and two short horizontal lines of similar thickness layered beneath it. The eyes are carved out in rough almond shapes, while the mouth consists of a curving jagged line that slopes upward on either side to create a slight smile. Although the face is abstracted and reduced to its bare parts, it carries just enough detail to convey a smiling countenance. All of the facial features reside in the center of the plate, surrounded by abstract carvings along the rim. In addition to the minimalist approach to expression, the lack of glaze on this plate lends a raw sense of texture to the impressions. Pablo Picasso Masked Face, 1956 A.R. 347 attests to the artist's masterful ability to capture the nuances of a face through abstraction.

Created in 1956, Pablo Picasso Masked Face, 1956 A.R. 347 is an unglazed  round dish of white earthenware clay from the edition of 100.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Masked Face, 1956 A.R. 347 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: Galerie Madoura, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné 347.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.