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Pablo Picasso, Picador and Banderilleros, from Service Scènes de Corrida (Set of 2 plates), 1959 A.R. 418, A.R. 419

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Picador and Banderilleros, from Service Scènes de Corrida (Set of 2 plates), 1959 A.R. 418, A.R. 419
Reference:A.R. 418, A.R. 419
Medium:Large white earthenware clay plate, decorated in yellow, blue, brown, and black engobes under partial brushed glaze with beige patina.
Image:Diameter- A.R. 418: 16 ¾ in (42.5 cm), A.R. 419: 16 1/2 in (42 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-7109
USD $80,000 GBP £60,000

Historical Description

Pablo Picasso was an avid fan of bullfighting his entire life, attending his first corridas (bullfight) 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 these fabulous 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. Banderilleros A.R. 419, the Spanish word for bullfighters who use sharp decorated sticks to pierce the bull's flesh, depicts the abstracted yellow form of the man raising his banderillas above a charging bull. Beneath them, their deep blue shadows echo the puffing clouds above. In the distance the seats of the area spread around the fighter and the bull, further focusing the attention on their intense interaction. These two plates as a pair are beautiful representatives of Picasso's series Service Scènes de Corrida, and highlight the passionate and lively action of bullfighting.

Created in 1959, Pablo Picasso Picador A.R. 418 and Banderilleros A.R. 419 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 Picador and Banderilleros, 1959 A.R. 418, A.R. 419 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. 418 and no. 419 on page 221.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

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