Pablo Picasso, "Pomona" Woman's Face, 1969 A.R. 591

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:"Pomona" Woman's Face, 1969
Reference:A.R. 591
Medium:Madoura red earthenware clay square plaque printed with engobe pad in black
Image Size:DIMENSIONS: 12 3/8 in x 12 3/8 in
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 200 on verso.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6603

Historical Description

Pablo Picasso "Pomona" Woman's Face, 1969 A.R. 591 is a spirited gestural portrait, defined with a quick hand through round eyes, straight short hair, and  lively expressive mouth. A deep rich black covers the surface of the black, with only the lines of the face revealing the warm terracotta hue beneath it. The face fully fills the square compositional space,  giving the viewer a sense of intimacy and frankness. The markmaking, which varies from the strong triad of fast dashes at the woman's chin to the enigmatic slim zigzag trailing down her nose bridge, carry the unmistakable exuberance of Picasso's style. The piece plays with the viewer's sense of depth, as the black of the surface both retreats into the background and stands out before the warm orange of the clay revealed below.  Abstracted and unrestrained, this lovely ceramic portrait shows off how much the renowned artist could achieve with the most minimal line.

Created in 1969, this original Madoura square plaque is made of red earthenware clay, printed with engobe pad in black. Numbered from the edition of 200.


1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. Madoura: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné 591.


About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso "Pomona" Woman's Face, 1969 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats.

Subject Matter: Femme Portrait