Pablo Picasso, Picador, from Service Scènes de Corrida, 1959 A.R. 418

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Picador, from Service Scènes de Corrida, 1959
Reference:A.R. 418
Medium:Large white earthenware clay plate, decorated in blue, brown, and black engobes under partial brushed glaze with beige patina.
Image Size: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-6740

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. Picador, 1959 A.R. 418 features a bullfighter riding a horse and plunging his curved sword, known as an estqoue, into a writhing bull. 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's sword as it pierces the bull.

Created in 1959, Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) Picador A.R. 418 is 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 (Málaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) Picador, 1959 A.R. 418  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: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no.418.

2.         A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

Subject Matter: Bull