Pablo Picasso, Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1962

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1962
Reference:A.R. 494
Medium:Original white, earthenware ceramic clay round plate with decoration in engobes and enamel under partial brushed glaze and black patina
Edition:From the numbered edition of 500 in the back.
Signature:Handwritten glazed inscription in black on the underside of the plate, 'No. 197 | EDITION PICASSO | MADOURA'; out of the total edition of 500
ID #w-7232

Historical Description

This whimsical and humorous face echoes that of a clown, conveying a sense of light-heartedness and childlike sentiment. The bright glaze adds to the deep blue and forest green cheeks set against the brilliant white background. Deep, bold strokes of black come together to create the minimalist features of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and wide smile. The coloration serves as another character to this work, adding life and depth to this visage. Picasso had created a number of faces for a series of ceramic plates; this particular example stands out as one of his more cheerful and exuberant works.

Created in 1962, this original Madoura plate is hand crafted of white, earthenware clay with decoration in engobes and enamel under glaze. The handwritten inscription on the underside of the plate reads, 'No. 197 | EDITION PICASSO | MADOURA'; out of the total edition of 500.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Visage No. 197 (Face No. 197), 1962 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. 494.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
This resplendent custom frame is the perfect elegant compliment to this remarkable work. Framing begins with white, linen-wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings). An Italian-style bronze frame encases the wood liners and perfectly complements the sleek white coloration within the ceramic. A heavy weight picture wire is attached to the frame to ensure a secure hanging. Due to the size and weight of this piece, we recommend using a heavy duty double nail hook with 100-150 pound weight capacity (double the weight of the piece to determine hook capacity).