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Pablo Picasso, Paseo and Arrastro, from Service Scènes de Corrida (Set of 2 Plates), 1959 A.R. 416, A.R. 423

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Paseo and Arrastro, from Service Scènes de Corrida, 1959 A.R. 416, A.R. 423
Reference:A.R. 416, A.R. 423
Medium:Large white earthenware clay plates, decorated in blue, brown, black and yellow engobes under partial brushed glaze with beige patina.
Image:A.R. 416 - Diameter: 16 1/2 in (42 cm); A.R. 423 - Diameter: 16 3/4 in (42.5 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 50.
Signature:This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and ‘EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' pottery stamps on the reverse.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-7434
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Historical Description

Pablo Picasso was an avid fan of bullfighting his entire life, attending his first corridas when he was a child in Spain and gaining a renewed interest in the events when he settled in the South of France after World War II. Undoubtedly the theatrical drama and flashy machismo of the matadors appealed greatly to Picasso's sensibilities and resonated with his Spanish roots. In 1959, Picasso produced an 8-piece plate series, each featuring a different bullfighting scene suggested through lively stipple lines. Paseo A.R. 416 depicts a line of bullfighters highlighted by a streak of yellow. The strokes of blue above and below the figures contrast with the warm of the yellow, creating visual tension that anticipates the drama of the fight. Arrastro, from Service Scènes de Corrida, 1959 A.R. 423 features a victorious  bullfighter holding his curved sword, known as an estqoue, over his head. The dark atmosphere created by the deep blue, black, and touch of brown is slashed by the intense yellow down the center of the plate. This shock of bright color evokes the excitement of the bullfighter as he stands triumphant over the bull.

Created in 1959, Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) Paseo A.R. 416 and Arrastro A.R. 423 are numbered from the edition of 50 on the reverse and stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and ‘EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' pottery stamps on the reverse.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Paseo and Arrastro, from Service Scènes de Corrida, 1959 A.R. 416, A.R. 423 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 no.416 on pg. 220, and no.423 on pg. 223.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

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