Pablo Picasso, Toros (Bulls), 1952

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Toros (Bulls), 1952
Reference: A.R. 161
Medium: Original turned plate of white earthenware clay, decorated with engobes and oxidized paraffin.
Image Size: DIAMETER: 8 in (20.3 cm)
Framed Size: Approx. 22 in x 22 in (55.9 cm)
Edition: From the edition of 500; bearing publisher's stamps on verso: 'Ed. Picasso, Madoura plein feu ed.'
Signature: 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' stamps on the underside of the plate
Condition: This work is in excellent condition, with clear glazing and beautiful colors.
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ID # w-3891

Bulls were long a source of fascination for Picasso, who depicted them countless times across all mediums. A lithograph in eleven states entitled Le Taureau (The Bull), 1946, shows the extent to which he would pursue their form, seeking the perfect iteration. In that print, the animal's form becomes a few elegant lines, evocative of the stylized Paleolithic cave paintings found in Lascaux and Niaux in the French Pyrenees (Picasso et la céramique, 113). Created only a few years later, the Pablo Picasso ceramic Toros (Bulls), 1952 shows a similarly pared-down representation of this powerful animal. Dividing the scene with cool aqua tones, Picasso shows two views of the bull, emphasizing his masculinity and strength. The larger bull rests in the forefront, and though there is not much detail in the body of the bull, we can tell from its dark shadow that it is strong. In the upper register stands a slightly smaller bull facing a tree. The dark bodies of the bulls contrast beautifully with the lush blues that cover the plate, making the whole scene pleasant to behold.

Created in 1952, this original turned plate of white earthenware clay is decorated with engobes and oxidized paraffin (blue, green, black), white enamel. This plate is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' stamps on the underside.

1. Collection of Mrs. Ruth and Mr. Albert Katz, Chicago, IL.


Pablo Picasso ceramic Bulls (Toros), 1952 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: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 161.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.


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