Pablo Picasso, Picasso Vase, Heads, 1956
|Artist:||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Picasso Vase, Heads, 1956|
|Medium:||Madoura turned pitcher of white earthenware clay with oxidized paraffin decoration (black) and white enamel|
|Image:||DIMENSIONS: 6 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in (15.5 cm x 12 cm)|
|Edition:||From the edition of 500.|
|Signature:||This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the bottom.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
These whimsical fauns' heads depicted on Pablo Picasso ceramic pitcher Heads, 1956 shed light on Picasso's subtle sense of humor and charm. Two curious fauns gaze out at us from this marvelous pitcher, their expressions a mixture of surprise and joy. The pitcher is split between two colors - on one side the white earthenware dominates and the face is rendered in black oxidized paraffin. On the other side, the black has been used to form the background, and the white face of the faun shows through, left untouched by color. The two fauns act almost as inverses of each other, but have differing facial expressions. The faun depicted in black grins at us with teeth barred, while the faun in white smiles candidly with its mouth closed. Both fauns look playfully out at the viewer. The faun in white seems to continue below then body of the pitcher, as there is some white detail that looks like fur or hair on the upper portion of shoulders and chest. Picasso adds delightful touches such as the dots along the top of the pitcher and the handle and the leaf-like figure on the side that divides the two faces.
Created in 1956, this turned pitcher of white earthenware clay with oxidized paraffin decoration (black) and white enamel is from the edition of 500. This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the bottom.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso ceramic pitcher Heads, 1956 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying the sale of the work):
1. Listed and illustrated in the following: Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. Madoura: 1988.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.