Pablo Picasso, Sujet poisson (Fish Subject), 1952 A.R. 139

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Sujet poisson (Fish Subject), 1952
Reference:A.R. 139
Medium:Turned Pitcher; red earthenware clay with decoration in engobes
Image Size:9 in x 5 1/2 in x 4 in (22.86 cm x 13.97 cm x 10.16 cm)
Signature:This work is inscribed on the underside 'Edition Picasso Madoura' in addition to imprinted 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' stamps
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7240

Historical Description

Pablo Picasso Sujet poisson (Fish Subject), 1952 exhibits a creatively unique likeness to the fish from which it was inspired.  This animated caricature comes to life in this decorative, hand-made pitcher. Brightly lit eyes, a grinning smile, and fluttering fins are all features of Pablo Picasso Sujet poisson (Fish Subject), 1952 that refuse to go unnoticed.  The decorative engobe detail enliven this ceramic pitcher, giving it a whimsical energy and a humorous likeness to a real fish.  The fluted shape of the pitcher echoes that of a fish, as the spout narrows to form the nose, the opening fanning outward to form the tail.  The handle creates the perfect dorsal fin for this character, making it a charming addition to any collection.

Created in 1952, this turned pitcher was produced at the Madoura Pottery Workshop located in Southern France.  It is both inscribed and stamped on the underside of the base, indicating the ‘Edition Picasso’ from which this piece derives.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Sujet poisson (Fish Subject), 1952 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 final 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. 139.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

Subject Matter: Fish