Pablo Picasso, Woman

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Woman
Medium:Rectangular dish of white earthenware clay; decoration in engobes, knife engraved under glaze in blue, green, white and black.
Image:19 in (48.26 cm)
Edition:From the edition of 400.
Signature:This work features the inscribed stamp: 'Madoura Plein Feu' with a handwritten inscription in black ink: 'Edition | Picasso | Madoura' on the reverse.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-4317

Historical Description

Set against a dark, black glaze and shiny background, the brilliant white, turquoise, and blue seem to leap from the plate as it contrasts nicely throughout.  The woman’s visage is rendered more feminine than ever as she is executed in simple, organic lines that are full of movement and form.

Georges Bloch stated of Picasso’s ceramic works, ‘…in approach, material and technique is as novel as it is interesting.  Pottery, gleaming white discs with relief designs, monochrome or brightly coloured ovals, dishes and even jugs and vases here serve as bearers of compositions whose themes express the joyous, life-loving side of Picasso’s work.  They are printed from blocks and stamps fashioned by the master over a period of more than twenty years in the Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris.” (Bloch 7)

Created in 1953, this rectangular dish was created with white earthenware clay, featuring decoration in engobes, knife engraved under the glaze colred in blue, green, white and black.  Out of the total edition of 400, this work features the inscribed stamp: ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ with a handwritten inscription in black ink: ‘Edition | Picasso | Madoura’ on the reverse.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
It is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work) :

1. Ramié, A. (1988) . Picasso: Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947 – 1971. Galerie Madoura: Vallauris. p>

About the Framing:
Conservation framed in a deep gold leaf shadow box frame with archival materials and museum quality.  This work is mounted on archival white linen, which compliments the contrasting tones in this piece.  The design elements of the frame enhance the sculptural quality of the work.

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