Pablo Picasso, Taureau (Bull), 1955 A.R. 255
|Artist:||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Taureau (Bull), 1955|
|Medium:||Madoura turned pitcher of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes (black, yellow, blue) and knife engraving.|
|Image:||DIMENSIONS: 12 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in (32 cm x 25 cm)|
|Edition:||From the edition of 100.|
|Signature:||This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the underside of the pitcher; with the handwritten inscription in black on the underside of the pitcher, 'EDITION | PICASSO| MADOURA'.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Pablo Picasso Taureau (Bull), 1955 A.R. 255 is a distinct ceramic pitcher with bold colors and incredible detail. This rare ceramic work by Picasso showcases the playful image of a jumping bull. In the front of the pitcher, Picasso features the bull’s face and front legs. The bull stares directly at the viewer, creating a feeling of suspense. His large horns are painted in white, contrasting beautifully against his shadowed body. Picasso has taken the utmost care in engraving the bull’s features. From its alert eyes to its curly hair, each quality is enhanced in great detail. Every angle of this magnificent pitcher provides new perspectives on this powerful animal. Viewed from the side, the bull appears to arch its back as it prepares to leap in the air. Its tail is painted onto the handle of the pitcher, curved upwards as if to show its excitement. Painted on the bottom is a yellow ring which encircles the pitcher. The bright yellow shade enlivens the composition, creating an exuberant burst of energy. This rare and large-scale ceramic is an unforgettable addition to any collection.
Created in 1955,Taureau (Bull) A.R. 255 is a Madoura turned pitcher of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes (black, yellow, blue) and knife engraving is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the underside of the pitcher; with the handwritten inscription in black on the underside of the pitcher, 'EDITION | PICASSO| MADOURA', numbered from the edition of 100.
Recent Auction Realizations:
April 9, 2019: $114,140 Sotheby's London Lot 35
April 26, 2018: $100,000 Sotheby's New York Lot 102
April 10, 2017: $124,192 Sotheby's London Lot 57
November 22, 2016: $194,171 Sotheby's London Lot 46
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Taureau (Bull), 1955 A.R. 255 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 an illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 255 on pg. 135.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.