Pablo Picasso, Centaur, 1964

Artist: Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Title:Untitled, 1964
Medium:Murano colored glass sculpture
Image:Height: 13 9/16 in (34.5 cm)
Sheet:Length: 11 13/16 in (30 cm)
Edition:One of a very few proofs
Signature:This work is inscribed ‘Picasso 1964
ID #W-8000
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Historical Description

Picasso Untitled, 1964 is a rare example of the artist’s skill with glass. In this striking glass sculpture, Picasso creates a lifelike Centaur which is decorated with red spots. Aside from being an incredibly rare work, this sculpture is also visually impressive. The quality of the glass is excellent as it has texture, form and color. The yellow glass is resplendent, and becomes more impressive in the sunlight. The shimmering hues illuminate the subject, captivating the viewer’s eye. The centaur is also quite charming. His face is adorned with blonde hair and a thick, blonde beard. Sitting atop his head are two small yellow horns. The yellow coloring also highlights his form and the shape of his tail. His left arm is slightly raised, as if gesticulating to his viewer.

Created in 1964 in the Fucina degli Angeli in Italy, this Murano colored glass was realized by master glass artist Egidio Costantini (Brindisi, 1912- Venice, 1998) in collaboration with Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973).

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Untitled, 1964 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. Aloi, Roberto. Esempi di Decorazione Moderna: Vetri D’Oggi. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli Editore, 1955. A similar version is listed and illustrated on page 153.
2. Barovier, Marino. Venetian Art Glass 1840-1970: An American Collection. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2004. A similar version is listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 241.
3. Egidio Costantini: Il Maestro dei Maestri. Brussels: Espace Kiron and Espace Medicis, 1990. A similar version is listed 166 and illustrated on page 167.
4. La Fucina degli Angeli, Vetri di Artisti Contemporanei ‘Exhib. – cat. J.N. Weintraub Gallery,’ New York. A similar version is listed and illustrated.
5. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.