Pablo Picasso, Wood Owl, 1948

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Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title: Wood Owl, 1948
Reference: A.R. 48
Medium: Madoura white earthenware clay round/square dish with decoration in engobes (green, brown, yellow) and oxides under glaze.
Image Size: DIMENSIONS: 14 3/8 in x 11 3/5 in (36.5 cm x 30 cm)
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 200.
Signature: This work is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the reverse
Condition: This work is in excellent condition.
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ID # w-5607

Pablo Picasso Wood Owl, 1948 exudes the whimsy and detail which Picasso is known for.  The artist is known for his love for animals, in particular birds. In many of his works, Picasso features the dove as a symbol peace. In addition to doves, owls have always enamored Picasso. He famously owned a pet owl in his studio and created many works in its likeness. To Picasso, owls were symbols of wisdom and creativity, qualities which Picasso hoped to encompass within his artistic identity.

In the center of the dish, the owl stares earnestly back at the viewer with iridescent yellow eyes. The colors outlining the shape of the owl vary from pastel green to light brown. Each layer of color is effortlessly melded together to create unique hues. This painterly variation adds playfulness to the work, as the artist was never concerned with conforming to any artistic standard besides his own. In addition, the glazed texture produces an air of delicacy, drawing the eye to the dreamy colors decorating the dish. Ultimately, Picasso pays an endearing tribute to one of his favorite animals.

Created in 1948, this Madoura white earthenware clay round/square dish with decoration in engobes (green, brown, yellow) and oxides under glaze is stamped with the 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' and 'EDITION PICASSO' pottery stamps on the reverse. Numbered from the edition of 200.

CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ & COA:
Pablo Picasso Wood Owl, 1948 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 sale of the work):

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. Madoura: 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonne no. 48.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso Wood Owl, 1948 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

 

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