Pablo Picasso, Visage et Hibou (Face and Owl),1958

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Visage et Hibou (Face and Owl),1958
Reference: Ramié 407
Medium: Madoura white earthenware clay vase with decoration in engobes (red, black, white), under partial brushed glaze and engraved by knife.
Image Size: DIMENSIONS: MAX HEIGHT: 9 7/8 in (25 cm) MAX WIDTH: 9 5/8 in (18 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 200.
Signature: Inscribed in black ‘EDITION PICASSO’ and stamped with ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ and ‘Edition Picasso’ pottery stamps on verso.
Condition: This work is in excellent condition.
Gallery Price: Please call us 510-777-9970 for availability.
ID # w-5436

Beautifully decorated in muted tones and classic Picasso motifs, Pablo Picasso Ceramic Visage et Hibou (Face and Owl), 1958 is a true delight. One side holds a simple yet stunning face. The half moon eyes wink out at the viewer, with a long nose, coming to a point in delicate lips. The slightly triangular face fits the shape of the dish, wider at the top and thinner at the bottom. The neutral tones bring understated appeal to the face.

Turn to the other side of Picasso ceramic Face and Owl (Visage et Hibou), 1958, and you pass craggy boarders that mark the transition to the animal side of this ceramic. Out peers an owl, perching on a branch. The reddish color of the corner becomes the warm bark of the tree, providing context to the scene. The owl looks inquisitive with large circular eyes and a pointed beak. Picasso has a personal relationship to owls, having one as a pet. His familiarity with the bird shows through in this stunning portrait.

Created in 1958, this madoura turned oval dish of white earthenware clay with decoration in engobes (red, white, black) and knife engraved under partial brushed glaze is inscribed "EDITION PICASSO" and is stamped with ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ and ‘Edition Picasso’ pottery stamps on verso.


Pablo Picasso Ceramic Face and Owl (Visage et Hibou), 1958 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 an illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 407

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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