Pablo Picasso, Taurus in the Arena, 1948 A.R. 80

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Taurus in the Arena, 1948
Reference:Ramié 80
Medium:Madoura rectangular dish of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes under glaze (red, green, black, white), knife engraved
Image Size:DIMENSIONS: 15 7/16 in x 12 5/8 in (39 cm x 32 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 450.
Signature:This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'D'APRES PICASSO' pottery stamps on the reverse.
Condition:This piece is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7223

Historical Description

In a rather touching rendering, the bull portrayed by Picasso in this work stands alone in the center as onlookers appear to gaze at him. There are no picadors present and the arena space seems peaceful, as if the bull is ready to let his guard down. He is a majestic animal in his white outline with black shadowing and beautiful brown detailing, an execution made with such feeling that one can't help but stare in awe.

Created in 1948, this white earthenware clay rectangular dish is with decoration in engobes under glaze (red, green, black, white) is from the edition of 450. Featured on the verso are the inscribed stamps 'Madoura Plein Feu' and 'Edition Picasso'.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Taurus in the Arena, 1948 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices accompanying 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. 80.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

Subject Matter: Bull