Pablo Picasso, Vase au bouquet (Vase with bunch), 1956 A.R. 304

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Vase au bouquet (Vase with bunch), 1956
Reference:A.R. 304
Medium:Original white earthenware round-square plate, engraving covered with oxidized paraffin under glaze.
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 200 on the reverse.
Signature:Features the inscribed stamps: 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' on the reverse.
ID #w-7249

Historical Description

A blossoming flower rests in a diamond shaped vase against an exquisite, soft blue background, its branches snaking out towards the plate's borders. This piece is beautifully balanced, with the flower and vase at the center of the composition with branches surrounding them on both sides. This work retains an abstract element, for Picasso depicts the vase and leaves utilizing sharp lines that meet abruptly at harsh angles, yet composes the flower with soft, curved lines, adding a nice contrast to the work. The raised surface of these lines contributes a sense of texture to the piece, and the exquisite tones of blue, brown, and green convey a sense of the natural and organic, as if this flower is placed against a clear blue sky.

Created in 1956, this original Madoura round/square plate is made of white earthenware clay, engraving covered with oxidized paraffin under glaze. This work is numbered from the edition of 200 with the 'Madoura Plein Feu' and 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' stamps on the verso.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Vase au bouquet (Vase with bunch), 1956 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. 304 on pg. 156.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

Subject Matter: Flowers