Pablo Picasso, Hibou au Crayon (Owl in Crayon), 1947
|Artist:||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Hibou au Crayon (Owl in Crayon), 1947|
|Reference:||Bloch 412, Mourlot 57|
|Medium:||Lithograph on Arches paper|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right.|
Pablo Picasso Hibou au Crayon (Owl in Crayon), 1947 expressively captures a delightful and endearing caricature of an owl perched on a post. Known for depicting various animals in his work such as goats, fish, and birds, Picasso here renders his own playful version of an owl. For Picasso, the symbol of the owl was a personal one. He owned many birds in his home along with a pet owl. The personal connection is usually depicted in many of Picasso’s works including ceramics.
Abstract in design, the owl is drawn in such a way that is representative of an owl but not realistic. With simple strokes of lines forming the body, there is a slight cubist element. The owl figure is squared off by the top part of its head that is accompanied by its equally squared neighboring window sill. We can barely make out the outline of a window in the upper right corner. Loosely geometric in terms of composition, Picasso draws angles in each shape to emphasize the dimensional quality to each subject. Accentuated by the crayon shading, there is an illusion of light vs. dark as a tonal element.
Created in 1947, Pablo Picasso Hibou au Crayon (Owl in Crayon), 1947 is a lithograph on Arches paper. Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right, this work is numbered from the edition of 50 in pencil in the lower left.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Hibou au Crayon (Owl in Crayon), 1947 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. Bloch, Georges. Picasso: Tome I, Catalogue de l’oeuvre gravé et lithographié 1904-1967. Berne: Editions Kornfeld et Cie, 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 412.
2. Mourlot, Fernand. Picasso Lithographs, Boston: Boston Book and Art Publisher, 1970. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 57.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Pablo Picasso Hibou au Crayon (Owl in Crayon), 1947 is presented in complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.