Art New York, May 3-6, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Picasso Plaque, Mask (1956)

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Picasso Plaque, Mask (1956)
Reference: A.R. 311
Medium: White clay, decoration in engobes and oxidized paraffin, partial brushed glaze, blue, green, black, white
Image Size: 7 7/8" x 7 7/8" (20 x 20 cm)
Framed Size: 25 1/8" x 25 1/8" (64 x 64 cm)
Signature: Marked "Edition Picasso" and Madoura.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition
Gallery Price: Please call us 510-777-9970 for availability.
ID # w-2743

Vibrantly colored with bold design elements, the playful quality of Picasso's work is epitomized in this piece. Utilizing his reoccurring theme of the painted mask, this frequented subject matter takes the form of a sun-beamed face with wide eyes and a bright smile, looking joyfully at the viewer.

Created in 1956, this work is numbered 115/250 on the reverse side of the tile and produced by Madoura pottery. This work is created from white clay with decoration in engobes and oxidized paraffin with a partial brushed glaze.

Framed within intersecting bands of pale green and blue circles in each corner, the dark black of the eyes, nose, mouth, and outer circle of the mask appear to jump off the tile with the contrasting white background. The delicate washed luminescence of the blue diagonal stripes inside the mask and outer rays add depth and radiance to the piece. The creative imagination of Picasso is exemplified in this work, displaying his unique interpretation of painting and ceramics.

DOCUMENTATION / COA: It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work):
1) Ramié, Alain, Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971, 1988, listed on p.159 as image 311.

About the Framing:
Set in an ornate gold leaf and floral rope designed frame, the sculptural elements accentuate the linear qualities of the work. The warmth of the frame compliments the greens and blues in this work. Archivally framed with museum quality, this work is completed with a matching inner fillet and linen wrapped mattes.

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