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Figures, 1956

Synopsis
Title: Figures, 1956
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: AR. 356
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic turned round cup; earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and engraved by knife, paraffin, white enamel
Image Size: Diameter: 10 1/4 in (26.04 cm)
Framed Size: 21 3/4 in x 21 3/4 in (55.2 cm x 55.2 cm)
Signed: This work is marked on the underside of the base 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura,' in addition to imprinted 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' pottery stamps
Edition: Numbered 74/100 on the underside of the base; a unique variant from an original published edition of this work (as discussed in A. Ramié) with glazed markings throughout.
Condition: In excellent condition with no damage


Historical Description:

DISCUSSION:

This striking ceramic bowl comes alive with color as its dramatic Figures along the inner rim appear to dance within. Evoking a sentimental Spanish tradition, this piece would make a fine addition to any collection. The Mediterranean sun radiates it brilliant warmth to the dancing figures decorating the inner rim of the bowl. Accented by decorative engravings coupled with yellows, reds, and blacks, the colors provide an eye-catching display against the muted tones of the earthenware clay. The Figures are energetic and full of movement as they dance around the dazzling sun; the bowl is finished with a smooth shine, allowing it to twinkle with highlights and lowlights throughout.

Created in 1956, this piece was created out of the Edition Picasso from the Madoura Pottery Workshop in the South of France. Hand numbered 74/100 in black with handwritten inscription, 'Edition Picasso' and inscribed Madoura stamps on the underside of the bowl, 'EDITION PICASSO' and 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU.' We consider this specific work a unique variant from the edition of 100 as certain markings have brighter coloration and are glazed throughout.

Illustrated in:

1. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947 - 1971. Madoura: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 355 on pg. 356, another variant illustrated. 2. Ramié, G. (1976). Picasso's Ceramics. Viking Press: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 687 on pg. 277, another variant illustrated. 3. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.56:149.

About the Framing:

This resplendent custom frame is the perfect elegant complement to this exquisite ceramic bowl. Framing begins with white, linen-wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic in place and allow visibility in the back (to view markings). A bright gold frame encases the wood liners and highlights the gentle texture and color within the work. 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).

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Le Peintre (The Painter), 1963

Synopsis
Title: Le Peintre (The Painter), 1963
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard… more Picasso Collotype with hand applied Pochoir Watercolor
Image Size: 29 1/4 in x 23 in (74.3 cm x 58.4 cm)
Sheet Size: 38 1/2 in x 29 5/16 in (97.8 cm x 74.4 cm)
Framed Size: 50 1/4 in x 42 3/4 in (127.6 cm x 108.6 cm)
Signed: This is hand signed by Pablo Picasso
Edition: Numbered 296/350 in pencil in the lower left margin
Condition: This large scale work is in pristine condition with intricate details and saturated color
Illustrated In: This specific work is referenced and illustrated in the Yale University Art Museum 2008 Picasso and the Allure of Language Exhibition Catalogue detailing the prints of Pablo Picasso on pg. 230.


Historical Description:

** Please note – this specific work is referenced and illustrated in the Yale University Art Museum 2008 Picasso and the Allure of Language Exhibition Catalogue detailing the prints of Pablo Picasso on page 230.

Picasso’s Le Peintre is a marvelously large work executed in a unique painterly style, with fine attention to detail, and artistic stylization that mimics a monotype print. Created using hand applied Pochoir coloring, this is a unique and exciting technique in printmaking that closely resembles painted watercolors. The pochoir technique is applied to the finished print, thereby intensifying color and making each print unique. The pochoir in this print can be found along the shadow of the painter’s head, canvas, and arm.

Created in 1963, this work was published by Guy Spitzer and contains his publisher’s embossed blindstamp in the lower left side of the image. Printed on Arches Cadastre, France, watermarked paper, there is a guaranteed authentic signature by Picasso in blue crayon in the lower right hand side of the work. The plate has also been signed by Picasso in the lower left. Stamp on verso reads, ‘Pablo Picasso Le Peintre Tirage Sig1)

** Please note – this specific work will is referenced and illustrated in the Yale University Art Museum 2008 Picasso and the Allure of Language Exhibition Catalogue detailing the prints of Pablo Picasso on page 230.

Picasso’s Le Peintre is a marvelously large work executed in a unique painterly style, with fine attention to detail, and artistic stylization that mimics a monotype print. Created using hand applied Pochoir coloring, this is a unique and exciting technique in printmaking that closely resembles painted watercolors. The pochoir technique is applied to the finished print, thereby intensifying color and making each print unique. The pochoir in this print can be found along the shadow of the painter’s head, canvas, and arm.

Created in 1963, this work was published by Guy Spitzer and contains his publisher’s embossed blindstamp in the lower left side of the image. Printed on Arches Cadastre, France, watermarked paper, there is a guaranteed authentic signature by Picasso in blue crayon in the lower right hand side of the work. The plate has also been signed by Picasso in the lower left. Stamp on verso reads, ‘Pablo Picasso Le Peintre Tirage Signé par l’artiste numeroté et limité a 350 exemplaires cette épreuve port le No 296.’

Composed entirely in a cool palate of blues, greens, and browns, this work features a male artist intently working on his canvas. The implied hurried brushstrokes in the piece, particularly in the artist’s arm, create a “snapshot” like image—the artist captured in a moment of artist inspiration. This work is further rarified because it has been documented by the Alan Wofsy Picasso Project, along with a letter from publisher Guy Spitzer to Wofsy discussing this edition, written in July 1973.

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. Wofsy, Alan, The Picasso Project, The Sixties II, 2002, recorded with letter from Guy Spitzer on page x.

2. Letter from Guy Spitzer to Alan Wofsy, July 1973, discussing Le Peintre.

3. The Online Picasso Project. http://picasso.tamu.edu. Texas A&M University.

4. Picasso and the Allure of Language Exhibition Catalogue, Yale University Art Museum 2008, this specific example illustrated on pg. 230 (A copy of the exhibition catalogue will be included with the purchase of this piece).

About the Framing:

Conservation framed in a robust aged-gold and black moulding. The lively and undulating rhythm of the moulding adds to the intrinsic movement within the piece. The lithograph is complimented by white linen wrapped mattes and matching gold inner fillet. All materials are archival and museum quality. This custom frame is finished with an archival Plexiglas® cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Mère, Danseur, et Musicien (Mother, Dancer, and Musician), 1959

Synopsis
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Title: Mère, Danseur, et Musicien (Mother, Dancer, and Musician), 1959
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard Color Linoleum Cut / Linocut
Linocut: material is cut with small pen-like tools, and the relief parts of the block are then inked and rubbed onto the paper using a pad known as a tampon
Image Size: 25 1/4 in x 21 in (64.1 cm x 53.3 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 5/8 in x 24 5/8 in (75.3 cm x 62.6 cm)
Framed Size: approx. 40 in x 30 in (101.6 cm x 76.2 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: From the 3rd State B Impression printed by Arnéra on Arches wove paper, published from the unnumbered edition (aside from the total edition of 50) by Edition galerie Louise Leiris, 1960
Condition: A bold impression in very good condition


Historical Description:

Created in 1959, this original color linoleum cut has been printed from one block in black, brown, and beige. Published by Louise Leiris, Paris and printed by Arnéra, Vallauris on Arches wove paper out of the total edition of 50. Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.

This richly-colored, whimsical composition comes alive with movement and music through our three subjects: a Mother, a Dancer, and of course, a Musician. The colors are evenly balanced, the dual tones of the chocolate-brown complement each other well, with the black characters on the sides used to anchor the overall piece. Our Mother is seen on the left, swaddling her baby in a seated position while our Dancer is seen at the center and the main attraction of this work. Equipped with a pair of cymbals, the figure is suspended in motion, a pirouette-like pose which accents our Musician on the right who carries a dual-horned instrument creating the music that drives 2our scene.

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. Baer, B. (1989). Picasso, Peintre-Graveur Tome V Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre grave et des monotypes 1959-1965. Editions Kornfeld: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1254 on pg. 317 (IIIe état B).

2. Bloch, G. (1984). Pablo Picasso, Tome I Catalogue de l’œuvre grave et lithographié 1904 – 1967. Editions Kornfeld et Cie: Berne. Similar piece listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 929 on pg. 202.

3. The Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (1985). Picasso Linoleum Cuts. Random House: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 38 (1979.620.25) on pg. 46.

4. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Picasso: Sixty Years of Graphic Works. New York Graphic Society: Greenwich. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 340 on pg. 135.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials, this work is set in a beautifully carved, Spanish-inspired gold and black frame. The immense texture of this work is highlighted with the simple organic and curved elements within the moulding. Contrasting hues of the etched work against the gold moulding enhance and accentuate the rich tones within this piece. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Avant la pique (Before the Lance), 1959

Synopsis
Title: Avant la pique (Before the Lance), 1959
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard Color Linoleum Cut / Linocut
Linocut: material is cut with small pen-like tools, and the relief parts of the block are then inked and rubbed onto the paper using a pad known as a tampon
Image Size: 26 1/4 in x 21 1/2 in (66.7 cm x 54.6 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 5/8 in x 24 5/8 in (75.3 cm x 62.5 cm)
Framed Size: 46 3/4 in x 41 3/4 in (118.7 cm x 106 cm)
Signed: Hand-signed in pencil by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered 38/50 in pencil in the lower left margin. From the total edition of 50 proofs pulled on vélin d’Arches paper, 2nd state Ba impression (according to Baer)
Condition: The colors are brilliant and fresh. Excellent condition


Historical Description:

Created in 1959, this original color linoleum cut printed in black, brown, and beige is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin. Published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris in 1960 and printed by Arnéra, Vallauris on vélin d’Arches paper; numbered 38/50 in pencil in the lower left margin.

This fascinating glimpse into the brief seconds that make the climax of any traditional bullfight “before the lance.” Picasso has bathed our central image of the banderillo in sunlight, however it is the picador and the bull that dominate the scene. Having masterfully crafted the linoleum block, Picasso has carved these characters in swift, jagged strokes, giving them a character and edge of their own. He is able to encapsulate the excitement and momentum of the scene while subtle detail throughout the background illustrate the cheering crowd beyond.

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) Baer, Brigitte. Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome V: Catalogue Raisonné de l’Œuvre Gravé et des Monotypes 1959-1965, Paris, 1989. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 1224, state IIBa on pg. 255.

2) Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, Volume I: Catalogue of the Printed Graphic Work 1904-1967, Berne, 1975. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 941 on pg. 205.

3) Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Picasso Linoleum Cuts, New York, 1985. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 21 on pg. 35.

About the Framing: Conservation framed with archival materials, this work is set in a beautifully carved, Spanish-inspired black and gold frame. The immense texture of this work is highlighted with the simple organic and curved elements within the moulding. Contrasting hues of black on gold enhance and accentuate the rich tones within this piece. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Bacchanale

Synopsis
Title: Bacchanale
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Color Picasso Etching and Aquatint
Image Size: 21.5 in x 18.25 in (54.6 cm x 46.4 cm)
Sheet Size: 28 in x 25 in (71.1 cm x 63.5 cm)
Framed Size: 40.5 in x 37.5 in (102.9 cm x 95.25 cm)
Signed: This work has a guaranteed authentic signature by Picasso in pencil in the lower right
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left hand side of the image
Condition: This work is in excellent condition, a fine dark impression with delicate hand coloring throughout the right side of the image!


Historical Description:

Depicting a scene of dynamic and pensive activity, Picasso uses a sumptuous color palate, bringing a sense of life and vitality to the work.

Created c. 1959, this color etching and aquatint, is printed on BFK Reves watermarked paper. This work contains a guaranteed authentic signature by Picasso in pencil in the lower right side. The piece is numbered from the edition of 300 in pencil in the lower left. Published by Crommelynck, Pairs, this piece contains the Crommelynck blindstamp in the lower left corner. A pencil notation on the verso notes there are 15 colors, including 5 different whites.

Full of dynamic positioning, creative imagery and vivid color, the figures in this work are created with a high degree of volumetric tonality and life-like energy. Drawing our attention to the ambiguous nude in the center, Picasso highlights the form with detailed and layered coloring that causes the figure to stand out and capture our attention. Utilizing a variety of deep grey tones and whites in the shading, the depth of this work is amplified with the use of overlapping details, as seen with the figures and surrounding architecture. The thoughtful, and fully clothed, male figure on the right is particularly amusing because he possesses an uncanny resemblance to the infamous creator of this work, Pablo Picasso himself. Clad in a horizontal stripped shirt, the favorite sailing attire of Picasso, this mysterious figure possesses a playful and simultaneously deep and mysterious personality. There is a wealth of detail and imagery that captivates our senses in this magnificent and rare work. Combing his color plate from the very early Blue Period with his complex cubist sensibilities of the forties and fifties, this is a well rounded work that will provide an ideal contribution to any serious Picasso collection.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA: The original drawing from which this lithograph was created is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :

1) Masterworks Fine Art, Inc. Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in a vibrant gold Deco-inspired moulding. The consistent organic sculptural details of the moulding accentuate the organic forms depicted in this work. And the fresh gold tone compliments the richly saturated colors in the work, providing a particularly beautiful compliment with the green. Completed with white linen wrapped mattes and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

Style: 20th century modern art

Bacchanale, 1959

Synopsis
Title: Bacchanale, 1959
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard. Color Linoleum Cut / Linocut
Linocut: material is cut with small pen-like tools, and the relief parts of the block are then inked and rubbed onto the paper using a pad known as a tampon
Image Size: 25 1/4 in x 21 in (64.1 cm x 53.3 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 5/8 in x 24 1/2 in (75.2 cm x 62.2 cm)
Framed Size: 44 1/2 in x 40 1/2 in (113 cm x 102.9 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered 27/50 in pencil in the lower left margin and dated in the block in the upper left, 59.11.17 and printed in tan
Condition: This work is in good condition, a bold impression with bright and vivid color throughout


Historical Description:

The Bacchanal was often a subject depicted by Picasso with much fondness, liveliness and energy. Taken from the Greek and Roman festivals which celebrated the god of wine, Bacchus, they were typically attended by only women who danced, played music, and of course, drank wine. In Picasso’s works as in this Bacchanale linocut, we see a myriad of characters suspended in thrilling animation as we are given just a peek into their grand celebration. Set before a majestic landscape of mountain peaks under a brilliant sky with puffy clouds, the composition is evenly anchored along the lower margin to hold our partygoers.

Created on November 17, 1959, this work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered 27/50 in pencil in the lower left margin; printed in tan by Arnéra, Vallauris on vélin d’Arches paper and published by Louise Leiris, Paris. Dated in the block in the upper left (in mirror image), ‘59.11.17’.

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. Baer, B. (1989). Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome V: Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre grave et des monotypes, 1959 – 1965. Editions Kornfeld: Berne. Listed and illustrated under catalogue raisonné no. 1255 on pg. 318.

2. Bloch, G. (1984). Pablo Picasso, Tome I: Catalogue de l’œuvre grave et lithographié, 1904 – 1967. Editions Kornfeld et Cie: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 927 on pg. 201.

3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (1966). Picasso: Sixty Years of Graphic Works. New York Graphic Society: Greenwich. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 344 on pg. 137.

4. Picasso Linoleum Cuts: The Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lieberman, W. S. (Intr.). Random House: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 34 on pg. 43.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with museum quality, archival materials, this work is set in a monumental Art deco-style frame with gold and bronze, scalloped moulding. The varying tones and hues of the frame complement the strong contrast in this work while the undulating geometric details of the moulding accent the organic shapes within the image. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Carnaval (Carnival), 1967

Synopsis
Title: Carnaval (Carnival), 1967
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard… Color Linoleum Cut / Linocut
Linocut: material is cut with small pen-like tools, and the relief parts of the block are then inked and rubbed onto the paper using a pad known as a tampon… on Arches Velin paper
Image Size: 25 1/4 in x 21 (64.1 x 53.3 cm)
Framed Size: 45 1/2 in x 40 1/2 in (115.57 cm x 102.87 cm)
Signed: This work has a guaranteed authentic signature by Picasso in pencil in the lower right hand side of the work; the work is also signed with the date in the upper left
Edition: Lettered 'H.C.' (hors commerce) in pencil in the lower left margin
Condition: This work is in very good condition, a fine dark impression with full margins


Historical Description:

Joyous and playful in mood and design, this work illustrates the artist’s mastery of skill and technique in printmaking and with drawing as a whole. Using rich hues and lyrically gestural lines, Picasso gives the viewer a sense of the ease with which he creates his complex compositions.

Created on January 28, 1967, this color linocut was printed and published by Arnéra, Vallauris on Arches velin paper. Lettered ‘H.C.’ in the lower left, this work is signed by Picasso in pencil in the lower right and in the plate with the date in the upper left.

In contrast with his cubist aesthetic, this work features a vibrant, playful assortment of carnival characters dancing and laughing. Picasso uses a rich brown in the background and creates his characters in peach. The images in the frame almost seem to move around and draw the viewer in as one studies at the work. At first glance, the immense details are not immediately apparent to the viewer. Upon closer inspection, dancing figures holding hands emerge out of what once just seemed like flowing lines. Exaggerated dancers faces peer in from the bottom corners of the frame. The lines seem to almost vibrate and undulate, and yet each one purposefully describes and element of the scene.

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) Bloch, Georges, Pablo Picasso, Tome I, Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave et lithographié, 1904-1967, 1984, listed as cat no 1242 on pg 265.

2) Baer, Brigitte, Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome VI, Catalogue Raisonné de l’oeuvre grave et des monotypes, 1966-1968, listed as cat no 1852 on pg 590.

3) Lieberman, William S., Picasso Linoleum Cuts, 1985, listed as cat no 117 on pg 113.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in a robust, Spanish-style frame with black and gold moulding. The undulating ribboning of the sculptural elements compliment the loose, linear quality of this work. The tonality of the moulding contrasts and enhances the hues of this piece. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching, gold inner fillet, this work is set behind a Plexiglas cover. All materials used in the framing are archival to ensure lasting quality and protection.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Dancing, 1957

Synopsis
Title: Dancing, 1957
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: AR. 400
Medium: Madoura Earthenware Ceramic Oval Dish
Image Size: 12.38 in x 15.38 in (31.4 cm x 39.1 cm)
Sheet Size: 12.38 in x 15.38 in (31.4 cm x 39.1 cm)
Framed Size: 28.5 in x 25.25 in (72.39 cm x 64.1 cm)
Signed: This work is stamped on the reverse 'Empreinte Originale De Picasso' and 'Madoura plein feu'
Edition: From the edition of 400
Condition: Excellent


Historical Description:

Utilizing the simplistic design motifs frequently found in his ceramics, Picasso creates a bold and bright work that plays with our notion of what is functional and what is art. Three graceful dancers leap from the surface, exuding joy and energy in this fantastic ceramic plate.

Composed of largely matte black and red engobe decoration, Picasso's plate includes a brilliant high gloss white on the subtle detailing of the figures and outer rim area of the platter. This textural variation adds a burst of compositional interest and an overall sense of joy to the piece. Titled Dancing, the work exudes a wonderful sense of happiness and delight, as the sinewy dancers leap from the surface of the ceramic, generating an innate sense of energy that is simply magnetic. This is a marvelous piece in wonderful condition—an absolute necessity to any serious ceramic or Picasso collection.

Created in 1957, this ceramic oval dish was created from white earthenware clay with matte black and red engobe decoration, and a beautiful glossy white glaze. Stamped on the reverse, ‘Edition Picasso’ and ‘Madoura plein feu’, there is a written notation as well, ‘Edition Picasso Madoura’ in black. This work is from the edition of 400. The date is also inscribed on the front, ‘1.8.57’.

Illustrated in:

1. Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art (2008). Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings, Exhibition Catalogue. Museum of Art: Ft. Lauderdale. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 49 on pg. 163.
2. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947 – 1971. Madoura: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 400.
3. Ramié, G. (1976). Picasso’s Ceramics. Viking Press: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 732 on pg. 280 (another version illustrated).
4. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.57:064.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is mounted on archival black linen in an ornate and robust gold leaf shadow box frame. The gold tone of the framing in contrast with the black linen, accentuates and enhances the brightness of this work. The sculptural details of overlapping leaves in the framing, compliments the sculptural relief of this piece.

Style: cubist modern art
Divers, 1956

Synopsis
Title: Divers, 1956
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic small convex wall plaque of earthenware clay, engraved and accentuated with glaze and black patinated ground
Image Size: Diameter: 7.2 in (18.5 cm)
Sheet Size: 7.2 in x 7.2 in (18.5 cm x 18.5 cm)
Framed Size: 17 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in (44.45 cm x 44.45 cm)
Signed: This work is stamped 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso | Madoura Plein Feu,' on the reverse
Edition: Out of the total edition of 500
Condition: This work is in very good condition


Historical Description:

Exhibiting his love of experimenting with various art media, this piece is rendered with strong contrast and lyrical figurative elements. Set on a dark black background, the brilliant white silhouettes of figures in this piece evoke a sense of motion and activity.

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 1956, this convex wall plaque was created with white earthenware clay, engraving accentuated with glaze, and a black patinated ground. From an edition of 500, this work is stamped ‘Empreinte Originale de Picasso | Madoura Plein Feu’ on the reverse.

Illustrated in:

1. Bloch, G. (1972). Pablo Picasso Catalogue de l’œuvre grave, Tome III 1949 – 1971. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 73 on pg. 64.
2. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works, 1947 – 1971. Galerie Madoura: Vallauris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 378 on pg. 196.
3. Ramié, G. (1976). Picasso’s Ceramics. Viking Press: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 745 on pg. 281 (another version illustrated).
4. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.56:134.

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.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist
Engraved Bottle, 1954

Synopsis
Title: Engraved Bottle, 1954
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic earthenware clay, decoration in Engobes and Paraffin, Boring-Rod Engraved, on White Enamel
Image Size: Height: 18.5 in (46.99 cm)
Sheet Size: Greatest Width: 6.25 in (15.86 cm)
Signed: This work contains guaranteed authentic 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura' Stamps on the bottom of the base. Written onto the base is also the text, 'Edition Picasso'
Edition: Numbered 9/300 on the bottom of the base
Condition: Very fine condition with wonderful markings, beautiful glossy and matte finish glazes, wonderful work!


Historical Description:

This delightfully charming Picasso ceramic vase is notable for it’s wonderful large scale, combined matte and glossy glazes, and signature playful primitive design concepts.

Created in 1954, this ceramic turned vase was created from white earthenware clay. It was intricately decorated in engobes and paraffin, with boring-rod engraving on white enamel with black and beige. Numbered 9/300 on the bottom of the base, this work contains guaranteed authentic ‘Edition Picasso’ and ‘Madoura’ Stamps on the bottom of the base. Written onto the base is also the text, ‘Edition Picasso’.

Constructed with a slender vase opening and traditionally wide base, this is a very large scale Madoura ceramic, measuring 18.5” (46.99 cm) tall. The black, beige, and white decorate is truly exquisite. In this piece, Picasso has combined flat surface and incised decorative areas that create alternating areas of depth within the work. The matte and glossy glazes add the diverse decorative styles of the work. The simplified smiling figure is cheerful and imaginative, and it reflects Picasso’s ongoing interest in twentieth century “primitivism,” also understood as the reduction of form to its most basic, or primitive, state.

FREESTANDING VASE PLACEMENT:

A freestanding ceramic vase is best enjoyed in an environment where it is accessible from all sides. Pedestals are often an appropriate way to showcase larger ceramic pieces. In some instances collectors have chosen to encase the freestanding ceramic under traditional museum bonnets. Museum bonnets are transparent acrylic cubes constructed with one open side that can be placed over the ceramic as an added layer of protection from an unpredictable environment. If you are placing the ceramic in an area where it might be touched or disturbed, the museum bonnet is an excellent conservation solution that can be custom made to fit over your ceramic.

PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Italy.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA: This Picasso ceramic piece is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :

1) Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971.
1988, listed as cat no 249 on pg. 132.

2) Edward and Ann Weston Collection, Picasso 25 Years of Edition Ceramics, listed as cat no 29 on page 20.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist
Face with Curves, 1971

Synopsis
Title: Face with Curves, 1971
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: M.630; B.227; R.663
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic plaque made from red earthenware clay
Image Size: 12.4 in x 11 in (31.5 cm x 28 cm)
Framed Size: 38 in x 35 1/4 in (96.5 cm x 89.5 cm)
Signed: Publisher's signature stamps on the reverse, 'POINÇON ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' and 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU'
Edition: Publisher's archive number, J. 155 is written on verso in black ink, indicating the work is from a limited and numbered edition with the original stamp of Picasso. Also annotated just beneath, 'EXEMPLAIRE EDITEUR' (or, artist's proof). Out of the to
Condition: A large, beautiful work in perfect condition


Historical Description:

Created in 1971, this rectangular plaque is from a limited and numbered edition with the original stamp of Picasso and numbering on the reverse: ‘POINÇON ORIGINALE DE PICASSO’ and ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU.’ Numbered ‘J. 155 | EXEMPLAIRE EDITEUR’ (out of the total edition of 200 numbered plaques).

This simplistic, yet multi-faceted plaque is a stunning work which exhibits up to seven original stamps by Pablo Picasso. Together with a series of deeply-set lines, the composition unites to create a “face” flanked by two, distinct curves in the center. The segmented area along the bottom features a single stamp of a figure in flight. There are other similar stamps throughout the composition: a man riding a horse, a couple running, and a figure in flight with his dog. All of these mini-maquettes of figural studies and landscapes come together to create an abstracted “face.” This plaque is further complemented by its “male” counterpart, the Figure with Triangle which can also be found in our Picasso inventory.

Illustrated in:

1. Bloch, G. (1972). Pablo Picasso: Catalogue de l’œuvre gravé céramique, Vol. III 1949-1971. Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 227 on pg. 195.
2. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947 – 1971. Madoura: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 630 on pg. 299.
3. Ramié, G. (1985). Ceramics of Picasso. Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A.: Barcelona. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 222 on pg. 124.
4. Ramié, G. (1976). Picasso’s Ceramics. Viking Press: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 663 on pg. 273 (another version illustrated).
5. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.71:144.

About the Framing:

This resplendent custom frame serves as an elegant complement to this remarkable work. Framing begins with linen wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings). A contemporary and elegant varnished gold leaf frame encases the wood liners. The delicate coloration of the wood moulding perfectly compliments the gentle texture and color within the terracotta. 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).

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist
Face with Leaves, 1956

Synopsis
Title: Face with Leaves, 1956
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: [A.R.323; B.98]
Medium: Round Earthenware Clay Dish, White
Image Size: 16 1/2 in (42 cm)
Framed Size: 27 1/2 in x 27 1/2 in (69.9 cm x 69.9 cm)
Signed: This work is stamped on the reverse 'Empreinte Originale De Picasso' and 'Madoura plein feu' with an inscribed marking L108
Edition: Numbered 47/100 in black on the verso
Condition: This work is in great condition with articulated detail and pronounced textural quality throughout; in pristine condition


Historical Description:

Created in 1956, this round earthenware dish was produced by Madoura under the direction of Picasso. Created from white earthenware clay, this piece is stamped on the verso with ‘Empreinte Originale de Picasso’ and ‘Madoura plein feu’. In addition, a hand-inscribed catalogue number, L108 is just above the edition number 47/100 in black.

This large-scale ceramic is cast in a brilliant white, earthenware clay with astounding detail throughout. Along the perimeter of the dish are imprints of leaves and stars, accenting the visage central to the work. The fascinating nose detail extends outward toward the viewer, creating a stunning visual effect of cast shadows and three-dimensionality.

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)

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

This Picasso original earthenware clay dish 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. Bloch, G. (1972). Pablo Picasso: Tome III 1949 – 1971, Catalogue de l’œuvre grave céramique. Edition Kornfeld et Klipstein: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 98 on pg. 84 2. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947 – 1971. Madoura: Vallauris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 323 on pg. 165.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is mounted on archival black linen in an ornate and robust gold leaf shadow box frame. The gold tone of the framing in contrast with the black linen, accentuates and enhances the brightness of this work. The sculptural details of overlapping leaves in the framing, compliments the sculptural relief of this piece.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Faun's Head, 1948

Synopsis
Title: Faun's Head, 1948
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic plate of white earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and oxides under glaze
Image Size: Diameter: 10 1/2 in (26.67 cm)
Framed Size: 29 in x 24 3/4 in (73.66 cm x 62.87 cm)
Signed: This work is engraved on the reverse with the publisher's stamp, 'Madoura Plein Feu' with 'Edition Picasso.'
Edition: Engraved and glazed on the reverse with numbering in black, '117/300' with archive no. 'I 122'
Condition: In excellent condition, with bright, bold colors


Historical Description:

This grinning, ceramic faun has been the subject of several of Picasso’s work during this period as he drew much inspiration from this classic mythological character. Fauns were most known for their love of dancing, entertainment, and overall fun; Picasso seems to have tapped into this aspect, creating an expressive and lively rendition of a faun’s face in this large, rectangular plate. The colorful and detailed qualities allow the piece to come alive and seemingly penetrate our space with its defined horns and facial outline which follows the natural ridges and curves of the plate. Picasso took great lengths to animate each feature, from the hair on its head to the pupils in its eyes. The fun aura radiates from this piece and will surely enliven and brighten up any space. Highly sculptural in detail with fun, amusing features and facial expressions, this Faun’s Head is one of Pablo Picasso’s most cherished ceramics. Its brilliant, glossy finish and vibrant color adds a touch of refinement and class while still evoking a lighthearted and pleasurable spirit.

Created on March 10, 1948, this rectangular dish was published by Madoura, whose publisher’s stamp can be seen on the reverse, ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ in addition to the stamp, ‘Edition Picasso.’ Made of white, earthenware clay, it has been decorated in engobes and oxides under glaze with blue, pink, green, yellow, and brown. Out of the edition of 300 numbered copies, it has been engraved on the reverse, ‘117/300’ in black. Also, an additional engraving is located just above the hand-numbering, ‘I 122,’ presumably an archival number issued by Madoura.

Illustrated in:

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso, Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947-1971, Galerie Madoura: Vallauris, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 51 on pg. 42.
2. Ramié, Georges. Ceramics of Picasso, Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A.: Barcelona, 1985. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 59.
3. Ramié, Georges. Picasso’s Ceramics, Viking Press: New York, 1976. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 27 on pg. 21 and illustrated on pg. 23.

About the Framing:

This resplendent custom frame is the perfect, elegant compliment to this remarkable work. Framing begins with linen-wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings). An elegant varnished gold leaf frame encases the wood liners to create a shadow-box affect against a black background. The delicate coloration of the wood moulding perfectly compliments the gentle texture and color within the clay. A heavy weight picture wire is also 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).

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Faun's Head

Synopsis
Title: Faun's Head
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic white earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and oxides under glaze
Image Size: 10 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in (26.67 cm x 26.67 cm))
Sheet Size: 10 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in (26.67 cm x 26.67 cm)
Framed Size: 29 in x 24 3/4 in (73.66 cm x 62.87 cm)
Signed: This work is engraved on the reverse with the publisher's stamp, 'Madoura Plein Feu' with 'Edition Picasso.'
Edition: Engraved and glazed on the reverse with numbering in black, '117/300' with archive no. 'I 122'
Condition: In excellent condition, with bright, bold colors


Historical Description:

Created on March 10, 1948, this rectangular dish was published by Madoura, whose publisher's stamp can be seen on the reverse, 'Madoura Plein Feu' in addition to the stamp, 'Edition Picasso.' Made of white, earthenware clay, it has been decorated in engobes and oxides under glaze with blue, pink, green, yellow, and brown. Out of the edition of 300 numbered copies, it has been engraved on the reverse, '117/300' in black. Also, an additional engraving is located just above the hand-numbering, 'I 122,' presumably an archival number issued by Madoura.

This grinning, ceramic faun has been the subject of several of Picasso's work during this period as he drew much inspiration from this classic mythological character. Fauns were most known for their love of dancing, entertainment, and overall fun; Picasso seems to have tapped into this aspect, creating an expressive and lively rendition of a faun's face in this large, rectangular plate. The colorful and detailed qualities allow the piece to come alive and seemingly penetrate our space with its defined horns and facial outline which follows the natural ridges and curves of the plate. Picasso took great lengths to animate each feature, from the hair on its head to the pupils in its eyes. The fun aura radiates from this piece and will surely enliven and brighten up any space. Highly sculptural in detail with fun, amusing features and facial expressions, this Faun's Head is one of Pablo Picasso's most cherished ceramics. Its brilliant, glossy finish and vibrant color adds a touch of refinement and class while still evoking a lighthearted and pleasurable spirit.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso, Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947-1971, Galerie Madoura: Vallauris, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 51 on pg. 42.

2. Ramié, Geroges. Picasso's Ceramics, Viking Press: New York, 1976. Listed as catalogue raisonné no. 27 on pg. 21 and illustrated on pg. 23.

About the Framing:

This resplendent custom frame is the perfect, elegant compliment to this remarkable work. Framing begins with linen-wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings) . An elegant varnished gold leaf frame encases the wood liners to create a shadow-box affect against a black background. The delicate coloration of the wood moulding perfectly compliments the gentle texture and color within the clay. A heavy weight picture wire is also 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) .

Style: cubism 20th century modern art ceramic

Figure with Triangle, 1971

Synopsis
Title: Figure with Triangle, 1971
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: M.617; B.223; R.665
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic plaque made from red earthenware clay
Image Size: 12.4 in x 11 in (31.5 cm x 28 cm)
Framed Size: 38 in x 35 1/4 in (96.5 cm x 89.5 cm)
Signed: Publisher's signature stamps on the reverse, 'POINÇON ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' and 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU'
Edition: Numbered 16/200 in black ink on the verso, just beneath the publisher's archive number, J. 156 indicating the work is from a limited and numbered edition with the original stamp of Picasso
Condition: A large, beautiful work in perfect condition


Historical Description:

Created in 1971, this rectangular plaque is from a limited and numbered edition with the original stamp of Picasso and numbering on the reverse: ‘POINÇON ORIGINALE DE PICASSO’ and ‘MADOURA PLEIN FEU.’ Numbered ‘J. 165 | 16/200’ (out of the total edition of 200 numbered plaques).

This simplistic, yet multi-faceted plaque is a stunning work which exhibits up to eight original stamps by Pablo Picasso. Together with a series of deeply-set lines, the composition unites to create a “figure” with a prominent triangle in the center. The lower three sections along the bottom plaque edge forms an anchoring effect that helps to stabilize the image; inside each of these “compartments,” are free-flowing figures that seem to be suspended in an organic movement. The five stamps above are variations of a face, with two oval stamps serving as eyes at the top. Overall, this plaque appears to work in tandem with its “female” counterpart, the Face with Curves, which is also featured in our Picasso inventory.

Illustrated in:

1. Bloch, G. (1972). Pablo Picasso: Catalogue de l’œuvre gravé céramique, Vol. III 1949-1971. Editions Kornfeld et Klipstein: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 223 on pg. 191.
2. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947 – 1971. Madoura: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 617 on pg. 295.
3. Ramié, G. (1985). Ceramics of Picasso. Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A.: Barcelona. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 222 on pg. 124.
4. Ramié, G. (1976). Picasso’s Ceramics. Viking Press: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 665 on pg. 273(another version illustrated).
5. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.71:140. About the Framing:

This resplendent custom frame serves as an elegant complement to this remarkable work. Framing begins with linen wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings). A contemporary and elegant varnished gold leaf frame encases the wood liners. The delicate coloration of the wood moulding perfectly compliments the gentle texture and color within the terracotta. 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).

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Flute Player and Cavaliers, 1956

Synopsis
Title: Flute Player and Cavaliers, 1956
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic round ceramic plate
Image Size: Diameter: 14.6 in (37 cm)
Sheet Size: Diameter: 14.6 in (37 cm)
Framed Size: 28.5 in x 28.5 in (72.4 x 72.4 cm)
Signed: This work is stamped on the reverse 'Empreinte Originale De Picasso' and 'Madoura plein feu' with an inscribed marking A101
Edition: From the edition of 100
Condition: This work is in great condition with articulated detail and a natural settling exclusion at the bottom, inherent to the piece, overall all great condition


Historical Description:

Utilizing the minimalist design motifs frequently found in his ceramics, Picasso creates an intricate and harmonious work that plays with our notion of what is functional and what is art. Situated somewhere in the wistful and romantic French countryside, the reclining flute player performs as the masculine and agile cavaliers pass by in the distance.

Created in 1956, this round ceramic plate was produced by Madoura under the direction of Picasso. Created from white earthenware clay, this piece is from an edition of only 100. The work is stamped on the reverse, ‘Empreinte Originale De Picasso’ and ‘Madoura plein feu’ and an inscribed marking A101.

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)

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) Bloch, Georges, Pablo Picasso, Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave céramique 1949-1971. Tome III: 1972, listed as cat no 105 on pg 91.
2) Ramié, Alain, Picasso: Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947 – 1971, 1988, listed as cat no 340 on pg 174.
3) Masterworks Fine Art, Inc. Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is mounted on archival black linen in an ornate and robust gold leaf shadow box frame. The gold tone of the framing in contrast with the black linen, accentuates and enhances the brightness of this work. The sculptural details of overlapping leaves in the framing, compliments the sculptural relief of this piece.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Crâne de Chèvre Sur la Table (Goat’s Skull on the Table), 1953

Synopsis
Title: Crâne de Chèvre Sur la Table (Goat’s Skull on the Table), 1953
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: Ba.903; Bl.696; Cr.29
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard… Color Picasso Etching & Aquatint
Image Size: 25 5/8 in x 20 in (65.1 cm x 50.8 cm)
Sheet Size: 30 in x 22 in (76.2 cm x 55.9 cm)
Framed Size: 44 1/2 in x 39 1/2 in (113.03 cm x 100.3 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered 66/150 in pencil in the lower left margin with embossed publisher’s blindstamp, Atelier Lacourière, Paris in the lower left edge of the sheet
Condition: A bold impression with a distinct plate mark; in very good condition with rich colors


Historical Description:

Created in January 17 – 20, 1953, this color etching and aquatint is after an original oil on paper by Pablo Picasso, published by Lacourière, Paris. Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) in the lower right margin, this work has been printed on Rives wove watermarked paper. This is considered a 2nd State Lacourière impression and numbered 66/150 in pencil in the lower left margin.

Beautifully shaded and captivating in nature, this work by Pablo Picasso echoes techniques of cubism, while melding realistic detail with trompe l’oeil effects. Our goat’s skull is intriguing and mysterious, its highlighting created in white to illuminate its eye, parts of its jaw, and menacing horns. The elaborate background shading acts as a cushiony, dark bed of light as the skull props itself against the surface of the table. The angles, drop shadows, and dramatic lighting compels the desire to walk around the object, to relish in every dimension and angle the viewer can admire the piece.

ILLUSTRATED IN:

1. Baer, B. (1988). Picasso, Peintre-Graveur Tome IV Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre grave et des monotypes. Editions Kornfeld: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 903 on pg. 203 (Lacourière State II).
2. Bloch, G. (1984). Pablo Picasso, Tome I Catalogue de l’œuvre grave et lithographié 1904 – 1967. Editions Kornfeld et Cie: Berne. Similar piece listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 696 on pg. 159.
3. Comune di Arona, Assessorato per la Cultura. (2002) Picasso ad Arona. SIAE: Arona. Listed and illustrated on pg. 56.
4. Cramer, P., et. al. (1983). Pablo Picasso, The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné. Patrick Cramer, Publisher: Geneva. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 29 on pgs. 86-7.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials, this work is set in a beautifully carved, Spanish-inspired gold and black frame. The immense texture of this work is highlighted with the simple organic and curved elements within the moulding. Contrasting hues of the etched work against the gold moulding enhance and accentuate the rich tones within this piece. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman In Profile 1959

Synopsis
Title: Head of a Woman In Profile 1959
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Original

Tête de Femme (Marie-Thérèse) [Head of a Woman]

Synopsis
Title: Tête de Femme (Marie-Thérèse) [Head of a Woman]
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Lithograph
Lithograph: design drawn on the flat surface of a stone with a greasy crayon or ink… and Picasso Collotype in Gold & Brown
Image Size: 19 in x 17 1/4 in (48.26 cm x 43.82 cm)
Sheet Size: 29.73 in x 21.26 in (75.5 cm x 54 cm)
Framed Size: 38 3/4 in x 17 1/4 in (98.43 cm x 43.82 cm)
Signed: Boldly hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in brown crayon in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered from the edition of 111/150 pencil in the lower left margin


Historical Description:

Heralded as one of Picasso's more classic profile portraits, this Head of a Woman is shaped and contoured to the surface qualities of a suggested sculpture relief. Through its deep hues of gold and brown, both its highlights and lowlights are accented dramatically, giving the life-like illusion and recreation of Marie-Thérèse herself.

Created in 1958, this image was created for a poster designated for an exposition of Picasso's sculptures and drawings during the same year at the Maison de la Pensée Française, Paris. The poster with the lettering was out of an edition of 800 while there was an additional edition of 150 featuring only the image without the text. This particular piece is numbered 111/150 and is numbered in pencil in the lower left margin. It is hand-signed by the artist in crayon in the lower right margin.

Having been known to have had a number of muses throughout his lifetime, Picasso did not have one more significant to him than Marié-Thérèse. She was to be the inspiration for several of his works, including this particular lithograph aptly titled Head of a Woman. She faces toward the left of the frame, accenting her extremely unique and personable features - prominent nose, full lips, and defined cheek bones. While facing one way, however, she seems to retain our gaze, as her sharp eyes glimmer through the golds and bronzes of the piece and captivates us with her stare. Picasso's interesting technique can be noted further in the delicate waves of her hair, giving it an organic and fluid quality despite its solid and textured appearance. The image, based on one of the works in the exhibition, creates the illusion of being in relief and having the depth of a wall sculpture.

Documentation/COA:

It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work): 1. Czwiklitzer, Christopher. Picasso's Posters, New York, 1971. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 129 and detailed on pg. 363.

About The Framming:

Conservation framed with archival materials, this work is set in an ornate Renaissance-style gold moulding. The golden sheen of the framing contrasts nicely with the work while complimenting and bringing out the dark tones in the piece. The sculptural details accentuate the organic forms within the image and Picasso's overall aesthetic. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Large Head, Left Profile, 1965

Synopsis
Title: Large Head, Left Profile, 1965
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: [AR.536; R.747, left]
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard… Clay Picasso Sculpture (Slip Casting in White)
Image Size: 2 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 11 1/4 in (5.7 cm x 4.4 cm x 28.6 cm)
Sheet Size: Wooden base: 4 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in (10.8 cm x 9.5 cm)
Signed: Handwritten inscriptions on the sculptural base reads, 'MADOURA' and 'EDITION PICASSO'
Edition: Handwritten, inscribed number 19/50 on sculptural base
Condition: Some natural kiln markings on the left and bottom of the base, which does not affect the image, overall in excellent condition


Historical Description:

Extraordinary for the remarkably small edition size of only fifty, coupled with a modern sensibility and brilliant natural clay color—this is a rare and fantastic sculpture. Picasso reduces the general form to its most basic and expressive state. This sense of simplicity is amplified by the crisp white surface of the natural white clay. The white clay, coupled with the simplified design merge to create an expressive sense of movement, as if the figure was captured while walking or dancing. This interest in simplicity, sometimes referenced as primitivism, reflects Picasso’s modern sensibility and interest in decorative reduction.

Created in 1965, this clay sculpture has handwritten inscriptions on the sides of the sculptural base – one side reads, ‘MADOURA’ and the other ‘EDITION PICASSO | 19/50.’ Some natural kiln markings on the left and bottom of the base, which does not affect the image, overall in excellent condition.

Illustrated in:

1. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works, 1947 – 1971. Galerie Madoura: Vallauris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 537 on pgt. 267.
2. Ramié, G. (1976). Picasso’s Ceramics. Viking Press: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 747 on pg. 281 (another version illustrated).
3. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.65:069.

FREESTANDING SCULPTURE PLACEMENT:

This freestanding clay sculpture is best enjoyed in an environment where it is accessible from all sides. Pedestals are often an appropriate way to showcase larger ceramic pieces. In some instances, collectors have chosen to encase their freestanding sculptures under traditional museum bonnets. Museum bonnets are transparent acrylic cubes constructed with one open side that can be placed over the work as an added layer of protection from an unpredictable environment. If you are placing the work in an area where it might be touched or disturbed, a museum bonnet is an excellent conservation solution that can be custom made to fit over the sculpture. If you would like more information on freestanding sculptural placement and/or reinforcement, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Large Head, Right Profile, 1965

Synopsis
Title: Large Head, Right Profile, 1965
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: [AR.536; R.747, right]
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard… Clay Picasso Sculpture (Slip Casting in White)
Image Size: 3 3/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 11 in (8.6 cm x 5.7 cm x 27.9 cm)
Sheet Size: Wooden base: 4 5/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 3/4 in (4.6 cm x 14.6 cm x 1.9 cm)
Signed: Inscribed on sculptural base with atelier stamps, 'EDITION PICASSO' and 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU'
Edition: Number 23/50 incised on the sculptural base
Condition: Some natural kiln markings on the left and bottom of the base, which does not affect the work, overall in excellent condition


Historical Description:

This fantastic and wonderfully expressive figural sculpture in right profile is from the very small edition of only fifty. Picasso reduces the general form to its most basic and expressive state. This sense of simplicity is amplified by the crisp white surface of the natural white clay. The white clay, coupled with the simplified design merge to create an expressive sense of movement, as if the figure was captured while walking or dancing. This interest in simplicity, sometimes referenced as primitivism, reflects Picasso’s modern sensibility and interest in decorative reduction

Created in 1965, this clay sculpture is inscribed with ‘Edition Picasso’ and ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ stamps on the sculptural base with edition number 23/50 also incised on the base. Some natural kiln markings on the left and bottom of the base, which does not affect the image, overall in excellent condition.

PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Italy.

Illustrated in:

1. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works, 1947 – 1971. Galerie Madoura: Vallauris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 536 on pg. 267.
2. Ramié, G. (1976). Picasso’s Ceramics. Viking Press: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 747 on pg. 281 (another version illustrated).
3. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.65:022.

FREESTANDING SCULPTURE PLACEMENT:

This freestanding clay sculpture is best enjoyed in an environment where it is accessible from all sides. Pedestals are often an appropriate way to showcase larger ceramic pieces. In some instances, collectors have chosen to encase their freestanding sculptures under traditional museum bonnets. Museum bonnets are transparent acrylic cubes constructed with one open side that can be placed over the work as an added layer of protection from an unpredictable environment. If you are placing the work in an area where it might be touched or disturbed, a museum bonnet is an excellent conservation solution that can be custom made to fit over the sculpture. If you would like more information on freestanding sculptural placement and/or reinforcement, please feel free to contact us at any time.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Mat Owl (A.R.284), 1955

Synopsis
Title: Mat Owl (A.R.284), 1955
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Medium: Picasso Madoura partially glazed terre de faïence platter painted in black, blue, white and red, glazed on the underside. Charger ceramic sculpture
Image Size: 14 3/4 in x 12 in
Signed: This Work Is Engraved On The Reverse With The Publisher's Stamp, 'Madoura Plein Feu' In Addition To The Stamp, 'Edition Picasso.'
Edition: With the Edition Picasso and Madoura pottery stamps, also inscribed Edition Picasso Exemplaire Editeur. From the edition of 500
Condition: Excellent


Historical Description:

Created on 1955, this white earthenware clay, rectangular dish is decorated in engobes engraved by knife; also features glaze on the underside. Inscribed stamps on the verso: ‘Edition Picasso’ and ‘Madoura Plein Feu’. Out of the edition of 450.

This very whimsical rendition of a friendly owl, is a testament to Picasso’s charming and imaginative creativity. It is incredibly rendered and detailed, with expressive strokes characterizing its lush feathers and patterning. The owl takes up the entirety of the dish, perched against a background of brick red and sky blue coloration. It carries a hilarious expression and also echoes the rectangular shape of the medium in which it rests.

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. The Online Picasso Project, Texas A&M University. Dr. Enrique Mallen, 2008. http://picasso.csdl.tamu.edu/picasso/. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.55:045
2. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971, Madoura, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 284 on pg. 146.
3. Ramié, Georges. Picasso’s Ceramics, Viking Press: New York, 1976. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 726 on pg. 279. About The Framing:

This resplendent custom frame is the perfect elegant compliment to this remarkable work. Framing begins with linen wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings). A contemporary and elegant varnished gold leaf frame encases the wood liners. The delicate coloration of the wood moulding perfectly compliments the gentle texture and color within the terracotta. 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).

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Danse Nocturne Avec un Hibou (Nightly Dance with an Owl), 1960

Synopsis
Title: Danse Nocturne Avec un Hibou (Nightly Dance with an Owl), 1960
Artist: Picasso, Pablo
Reference: Bloch 936, Baer 1256
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard… Color Linoleum Cut / Linocut
Linocut: material is cut with small pen-like tools, and the relief parts of the block are then inked and rubbed onto the paper using a pad known as a tampon…
Image Size: 25 1/4 in x 20 7/8 in (64.1 cm x 53 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 5/8 in x 24 1/2 in (75.3 cm x 62.2 cm)
Framed Size: 49 1/4 in x 45 1/2 in (125 cm x 115.6 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: One of 20 artist's proofs (unnumbered) from the total edition of 50 on Arches block watermarked paper
Condition: This work is in good condition, a bold impression with bright and vivid color throughout


Historical Description:

This exquisite linoleum cut evokes the magic of a Bacchanal-inspired dance which is taking place in twilight. Still as lively as ever, Picasso has been able to translate the excitement and energy of a party on a warm summer evening. An inquisitive owl can be seen perched on a branch and is portrayed in the most simplistic, tear-drop form. Musical instruments are played by dancing partygoers, accompanied by a joyous goat who accompanies the scene in the lower left. Our Danse nocturne is set in a vast landscape which extends in a mass of rolling hills that can be seen along the horizon.

Created in 1960, this original color linocut has been pulled in chocolate brown, black, and tan and hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin. Published by Galerie Louis Leiris and printed by Arnéra; an artist's proof from the 2nd state (B) impression out of the total edition of 50.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

This Picasso original linocut 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. Baer, B. (1989). Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome V: Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre grave et des monotypes, 1959 - 1965. Editions Kornfeld: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1256 (State II, B) on pg. 320.
2. Bloch, G. (1984). Pablo Picasso, Tome I: Catalogue de l'œuvre grave et lithographié, 1904 - 1967. Editions Kornfeld et Cie: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 936 on pg. 203.
3. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (1966). Picasso: Sixty Years of Graphic Works. New York Graphic Society: Greenwich. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 348 on pg. 137.
4. Picasso Linoleum Cuts: The Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lieberman, W. S. (Intr.). Random House: New York. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 42 on pg. 49.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with museum quality, archival materials, this work is set in a monumental Baroque frame with gold and bronze sculpted moulding. The varying tones and hues of the frame complement the strong contrast in this work while the undulating geometric details of the moulding accent the organic shapes within the image. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Oval with Eye B, 1971

Synopsis
Title: Oval with Eye B, 1971
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic, red earthenware clay tile
Image Size: 5 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in (14.7 cm x 14.7 cm)
Sheet Size: 5 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in (14.7 cm x 14.7 cm)
Framed Size: 19 1/8 in x 19 1/8 in (48.59 cm x 48.59 cm)
Signed: Features the inscribed stamps: 'Poinçon Originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu.'
Edition: Featuring handwritten archive number and edition number on the reverse in black ink, 'J. 165 | 93/500.'
Condition: A beautiful work from the limited edition of stamped tiles; in pristine condition


Historical Description:

Sleek and minimal in form, this red, earthenware clay tile exhibits the unique, expressive style of Pablo Picasso. This diamond-head face is meticulously detailed, with decorative markings along the border of the face, held in with a thin line which frames the expression. The smiling visage is recessed slightly into the bed of the tile, allowing for inherent shadows and lowlights to cast across the work; this makes way for a curious effect, breathing life into this happy, whimsical character.

Created in 1971, this red, earthenware clay tile was made out of the edition of 500. Inscribed and stamped on the reverse, 'Poinçon Originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu.' Also numbered in black ink on the reverse, 'J. 167 | 156/500.'

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, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971, Madoura, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 627 on pg. 298.

About the Framing:

This resplendent custom frame is the perfect elegant compliment to this remarkable work. Framing begins with linen wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings) . A contemporary and elegant varnished gold leaf frame encases the wood liners. The delicate coloration of the wood moulding perfectly compliments the gentle texture and color within the terracotta. 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)

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Owl

Synopsis
Title: Owl
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic Earthenware Clay, Oxide Decoration on White Enamel in Blue
Image Size: 9.75 in (24.77 cm) tall
Sheet Size: 9.75 in (24.77 cm) tall
Signed: This work contains guaranteed authentic 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura' Stamps on the bottom of the base. Written into the glaze is also the text, 'Edition Picasso Madoura' in black
Edition: From the edition of 500
Condition: Excellent


Historical Description:

Unique and complicated form, reflective of Picasso’s signature style, and beautifully decorated, this is a marvelous original work!

Using a standard symmetrical vase form, Picasso complicates the shape by adding a cropped cylinder to the center back portion of the vase. This interesting design choice is incorporated into the decoration, as Picasso uses the cropped cylinder to become the pinned back hair of the “Owl Woman.” The name, Owl Woman is likely inspired by the shape of the vase, as it was used in three other known ceramics that were painted as owl forms. The Owl Woman is the only piece that deviates from the standard owl decoration, making it a very interesting and unique work. Picasso’s merging of the female and animal forms is typical of his signature style, as he continued to explore transformative properties of the female figure throughout his career. The decoration, done exclusively in black on a white enamel plane, is truly beautiful.

Created in 1951, this ceramic turned vase is constructed from white earthenware clay, with engobe and paraffin decoration on white enamel with black. From the edition of 500, this work contains guaranteed authentic ‘Edition Picasso’ and ‘Madoura’ Stamps on the bottom of the base. Written into the glaze is also the text, ‘Edition Picasso’ in black. The marking are pristine and the glaze is reflective and fresh, this work is in wonderful condition!

Illustrated in:

1. Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art (2008). Pablo Picasso Ceramics | Carlos Luna Paintings, Exhibition Catalogue. Museum of Art: Ft. Lauderdale. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 73 on pg. 196. 2. Ramié, A. (1988). Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947 – 1971. Madoura: Paris. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 253 on pg. 133.

FREESTANDING VASE PLACEMENT:

A freestanding ceramic vase is best enjoyed in an environment where it is accessible from all sides. Pedestals are often an appropriate way to showcase larger ceramic pieces. In some instances collectors have chosen to encase the freestanding ceramic under traditional museum bonnets. Museum bonnets are transparent acrylic cubes constructed with one open side that can be placed over the ceramic as an added layer of protection from an unpredictable environment. If you are placing the ceramic in an area where it might be touched or disturbed, the museum bonnet is an excellent conservation solution that can be custom made to fit over your ceramic.

Style: cubism 20th century modern art ceramic

Picador, Femme, et Cheval (Picador, Woman, and Horse), 1959

Synopsis
Title: Picador, Femme, et Cheval (Picador, Woman, and Horse), 1959
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Original
Original: the hand of the artist created the work in some regard… Color Linoleum Cut / Linocut
Linocut: material is cut with small pen-like tools, and the relief parts of the block are then inked and rubbed onto the paper using a pad known as a tampon…
Image Size: 25 1/4 in x 21 in (64.14 cm x 53.34 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 3/4 in x 24 1/2 in (75.57 cm x 62.23 cm)
Framed Size: 44 3/4 in x 39 3/4 in (113.67 cm x 100.97 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered 37/50 in pencil in the lower left margin
Condition: Beautiful, crisp impression with bold, saturated color throughout; very good condition


Historical Description:

Considered to be one of Picasso’s monumental linoleum prints, this large-scale work captures the essence of this artist’s innovation and minimalist creativity. His simple lines curve and undulated together to form the characters of the piece: the woman – feminine and robust, the horse – whimsical and characteristic, and the picador – strong and masculine. All three subjects create a triad composition making way for a harmonious and balanced piece. The entire work exudes an air of femininity and mystery, all set against a backdrop of a misty grey helping to create Picasso’s sensual environment of intrigue.

Created on September 25, 1959, this work was published from the Edition Galerie Louise Leiris in 1960, printed by Arnéra on Arches block watermarked paper. Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin, the work is numbered 37/50 in pencil in the lower left margin. Dated in the block in the upper right corner of the image: ‘59.9.25.’

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. Baer, B. (1989) . Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome V – Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre grave et des monotypes, Editions Kornfeld: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1238 on pg. 283.
2. Bloch, G. Picasso: Catalogue de l’œuvre grave et lithographié Tome I, Editions Kornfeld et Cie: Berne. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 913 on pg. 199.
3. Boeck, W., intr. (1962) . Pablo Picasso Linoleum Cuts: Bacchanals, Women, Bulls & Bullfighters, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 10, plate 10.
4. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Picasso: Sixty Years of Graphic Works, New York Graphic Society: Greenwich. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 323 on pg. 130.
5. The Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1985) . Picasso Linoleum Cuts, Random House: NY. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 28 on pg. 39.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed in a beautiful and decorative gold and bronze moulding. The delicate organic shapes within the frame are the perfect compliment to this beautiful work. Framing is completed with white, linen-wrapped mats, a matching gold inner fillet, set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover. All materials are museum quality and archival.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Fumeur à la Cigarette Rouge (Smoker with Red Cigarette), 1964

Synopsis
Title: Fumeur à la Cigarette Rouge (Smoker with Red Cigarette), 1964
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Original Color Picasso Aquatint
Image Size: 16 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in (41.9 cm x 31.8 cm)
Sheet Size: 36 in x 30 in (91.4 cm x 76.2 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered in pencil 25/50 in the lower left margin
Condition: This work is in wonderful condition with bright crisp color!


Historical Description:

Standing as a vibrant example of Picasso's limited work with the medium of color aquatints, this image offers a playful rendering of a fumeur, a theme that the artist explored during the summer of 1964.

Dated in the plate 22 août 64, this work is part of the Galerie Louise Leiris edition produced in 1965. The work was printed by Pennequin on d'Auvergne Richard de Bas paper and published by Crommelynck. Hand signed by Pabloe Picasso (1881 – 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered 25/50 in pencil in the lower left margin.

Gestural in nature, this work demonstrates the artist's play with color and energetic use of line. Uninhibited in nature, Picasso indulges in vibrant pigments focusing the viewer's attention upon the reflective attitude of the subject. The lose handling of the fumeur, the sense of spontaneity and raw energy of its execution come together to evoke a sense of intense August heat and pensive attitude of the subject.

One of the most revolutionary artists of the twentieth century, Picasso was a contemporary of Braque, historically important for working closely in collaboration experimenting with early forms of Cubism.

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) Bloch, Georges, Pablo Picasso, Volume I, Catalogue of the printed graphic work 1904-1967, 1984, listed on pg 246 as image 1167.
2) Baer, Brigitte, Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome V, 1989, listed on pg186 as image 1167.

About the Framing:

The layers of sculptural detailing work tandem with the spontaneity of the piece itself to create a truly unique dialogue between the work and its encompassing border. The variation in the scale of the frentic sculptural detailing mimics the impulsive gesturing of the piece. Adding to the grandeur of the frame and the piece itself is a delicate creamy silk matting and complementing inner fillet.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Still Life in Front of a Window

Synopsis
Title: Still Life in Front of a Window
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)


La Pique en Rouge et Jaune (The Bullfight in Red and Yellow), 1959

Synopsis
Title: La Pique en Rouge et Jaune (The Bullfight in Red and Yellow), 1959
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Original Color Linocut
Linocut: material is cut with small pen-like tools, and the relief parts of the block are then inked and rubbed onto the paper using a pad known as a tampon…
Image Size: 25 1/8 in x 20 7/8 in (63.8 cm x 53 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 1/2 in x 24 1/2 in (74.9 cm x 62.2 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in black pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: Aside from the edition of 50.
Condition: The work is in very good condition with bright, vibrant colors.


Historical Description: This is an extremely rare, virtually unique proof of this important image!

Created in 1959, this work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) in red crayon in the lower right margin and inscribed along the bottom margin: ‘bon vous le jaune mais rouge plus formé.’ According to Baer, this state A impression linocut of La Pique was printed by Arnéra, Vallauris and published by Louise Leiris, Paris.

Exploding with incredibly bright orange-reds and a sunny yellow, this print is able to light up any room and any viewer who is able to stand before it. It is a lively work, seemingly radiating an energy and vibrance unlike any other linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso. He is able to fill the entire composition with vast, broad surfaces of color amidst a plane of varied curved lines and forms. Despite the abstracted imagery so iconic of Picasso’s style, we are still able to make out the profile of a butting bull and our heroic picador in the center of a ring and a massive audience that towers in the background. La Pique becomes the quintessential example of Picasso’s ability to transform the medium of the linoleum cut, crafting this printmaking method to its best.

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. Baer, Brigitte. Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre grave et des monotypes 1959 – 1965, Tome V, Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1989. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1227A on pg. 261.
2. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso: Catalogue de l’œuvre grave et lithographié 1904 – 1967 Tome I, Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1984. Listed and illustrated at catalogue raisonné no. 908 on pg. 198.
3. Boeck, Wilhelm, intr. Picasso Linoleum Cuts: Bacchanals, Women, Bulls & Bullfighters, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.: New York, 1988. Listed and illustrated as Plate 5.
4. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Picasso: Sixty Years of Graphic Works, New York Graphic Society: Greenwich, 1966. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 318 on pg. 129.
5. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Picasso Linoleum Cuts: The Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Random House: New York, 1985. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 15 on pg. 30.
6. The Online Picasso Project, Texas A&M University. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.59:007. http://picasso.tamu.edu/picasso/

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with museum quality archival materials, this work is set in a striking gold frame with organic, sculptural details. The varied gold hues of the frame add depth to the piece and compliment the warm tones in this work. The waved elements of the moulding accentuate the loose linear quality of this piece. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind and archival Plexiglas® cover.

Style: Cubism, Blue Period, Rose Period, 20th Century Spanish Modern Master, Madoura ceramics of Vallauris, Vollard

Tormented Faun's Face

Synopsis
Title: Tormented Faun's Face
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic round dish
Image Size: Diamter: 16.75 in (42.55 cm)
Sheet Size: 16.75 in x 16.75 in (42.55 cm x 42.55 cm)
Framed Size: 28.5 in x 28.5 in (72.39 cm x 72.39 cm)
Signed: This work is stamped on the reverse 'Empreinte Originale De Picasso' and 'Madoura plein feu'.
Edition: numbered 46/100 on the reverse
Condition: Pristine white surface, this work is in wonderful condition


Historical Description:

Passionately expressive, technically detailed, and beautifully finished in natural white earthenware clay, this is a remarkable piece in excellent condition.

Created in 1956, this ceramic round dish was created from white earthenware clay. Stamped on the reverse, 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura plein feu'. The piece also contains the marking 'C. 110' in black on the reverse.

A beautiful and wild faun emerges from the pure white clay in this exquisite work. Complicated and detailed patterns, coupled with the traditional circular dish design, this work reflects the best of Picasso's creative genius and modern style. 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)

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :

1) Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. 1988, listed as cat no 318 on pg 319.
2) Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso, Catalogue de l'oeuvre grave céramique 1949-1971. Tome III: 1972, listed as cat no 88 on pg 74.

About the Framing: Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is mounted on archival black linen in an ornate and robust gold leaf shadow box frame. The gold tone of the framing in contrast with the black linen, accentuates and enhances the brightness of this work. The sculptural details of overlapping leaves in the framing, compliments the sculptural relief of this piece.

Style: cubist modern art

Woman, 1955

Synopsis
Title: Woman, 1955
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic turned pitcher; white earthenware clay, decoration in engobes; Glazed inside
Image Size: Height: 12 in (30.48 cm)
Sheet Size: Base Diameter: 3 1/2 in (8.89 cm)
Signed: This work is marked on the underside of the base 'Edition Picasso' in addition to imprinted 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' pottery stamps
Edition: Numbered 84/100 on the underside of the base; a limited edition authentic replica of the original
Condition: In excellent condition with no damage


Historical Description:

This ceramic, created by Pablo Picasso, exhibits a creatively unique likeness to the elegant woman from which it was inspired. This classic rendition comes to life in this decorative, hand-made pitcher.

Created in 1955, this turned pitcher was produced at the Madoura Pottery Workshop located in Southern France. It is both marked and stamped on the underside of the base, indicating the ‘Edition Picasso’ & ‘Madoura Plein Feu’ from which this piece derives. It is numbered 84/100.

Echoing the curvy silhouette of a woman, this refined pitcher has been decorated by hand to reflect that of a figural study of the female form. The curve of the spout molds to the contours of her face while it gently slopes inward to form the nape of her neck. It continues further bellowing to an elegant pear-shaped design, with intricate engobe detailing around the base and the handle as well. The inner rim of the glazed spout is subtly accented by a striking emerald green color, giving the Woman an added sense of depth and charm. This is truly one of Picasso’s more classic pieces and would make a fine addition to any collection.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :

1. Ramié, Alain. Picasso, Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947-1971, Vallauris, 1988. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 300 on pg. 155.
2. Ramié, Georges. Picasso’s Ceramics, New York, 1976. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 740 on pg. 280 and detailed on pg. 292.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Centaur, 1950

Synopsis
Title: Centaur, 1950
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Picasso Madoura ceramic round dish/plate of red, earthenware clay; engobe decoration, boring-rod engraved
Image Size: Diameter: 15 in (38.1 cm)
Sheet Size: Diameter: 15 in (38.1 cm)
Framed Size: 28 in x 28 in (71.12 cm x 71.12 cm)
Signed: Features the inscribed stamps: 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' on the reverse
Edition: Inscribed on the verso: 'N. 108 | Edition | Picasso | Exemplaire | Editeur,' aside from the total edition of 250
Condition: A large, beautiful work that maintains rich color throughout; in great condition


Historical Description:

This simplistic and rustic design echoes an iconic figure from classical antiquity. The centaur is a mythical creature from Greek history that features throughout Picasso's œuvre of ceramic works. Here, he is depicted in full form, holding both shield and spear and ready for action. Its minimal lines make way for expressive movement, catching the centaur on the verge of action. Alternated colors of blocks of white contrast nicely with the natural reds inherent to the earthenware clay from which this is cast.

Created in 1950, this round, earthenware clay dish in red, features white engobe decoration with boring-rod, engraved detail. This Picasso plate is inscribed on the verso: 'N. 108 | Edition | Picasso | Exemplaire | Editeur,' aside from the total edition of 250. Also features inscribed stamps on the verso: 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu.'

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. The Online Picasso Project, Texas A&M University. Dr. Enrique Mallen, 2007. http://picasso.csdl.tamu.edu/picasso/. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.50:047.
2. Ramié, Alain. Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971, Madoura, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 102 on pg. 58.

About the Framing:

This resplendent custom frame is the perfect elegant compliment to this remarkable work. Framing begins with linen wrapped wooden liners that securely hold the ceramic and allow visibility in the back (to view markings) . A contemporary and elegant varnished gold leaf frame encases the wood liners. The delicate coloration of the wood moulding perfectly compliments the gentle texture and color within the terracotta. 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) .

Style: cubism 20th century modern art , Picasso plate sculpture

Fleurs, 1961

Synopsis
Title: Fleurs, 1961
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Pastel & Crayon on paper, taken from the frontispiece of the book, Picasso
Image Size: 16 in x 10 in (40.64 cm x 25.4 cm)
Sheet Size: 16 in x 10 in (40.64 cm x 25.4 cm)
Framed Size: 35 in x 29 in (88.9 cm x 73.66 cm)
Signed: This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in pencil in the lower right
Edition: Unique
Condition: This work is in good condition


Historical Description:

This whimsically charming, springtime drawing of a small bouquet of flowers decorates the frontispiece for the book, Picasso’s Sketchbook. Its bright, colorful detail makes it one of Picasso’s more fanciful dedications.

Created on May 3, 1961, this unique drawing was created on the title page for Picasso’s Sketchbook, published by Harry Abrams, Inc., New York in limited edition. It features a small dedication in the lower right, just above the artist’s signature and date which are written in black crayon. Also printed on the paper is the publishing and printing information for the text, including its catalogue card number in the Library of Congress. Two photo-certificates are included with the piece, which are hand-signed by Maya Widmaier Ruiz Picasso and Claude Picasso, authenticating the drawing as a work of their father, Pablo Picasso.

A series of varying dots, lines, and scribbles all come to order from the seemingly chaotic array of color to create a beautifully charming floral image. A large, abstracted flower bouquet, held together in a vase – portrayed by a jumble of large colored dots – is central to the composition. Four flowers are evenly spread throughout the page, anchored by a larger flower in the center and flanked by greenery on either side. Each of the flowers are detailed with bright, yellow petals and red-orange centers, contrasting nicely with the warm, green tones of the paper and the lighter shades of green and blue which make up the stems and leaves of the bouquet. A row of green, wavy lines and large blue dots collectively make up the landscape which serves as a foundation for the piece, bordering the bottom margin of the image, just below the text.

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. Maya Widmaier Ruiz Picasso - signed and embossed photo certificate, features her thumbprints on the verso, authenticating the piece.
2. Claude Picasso - signed and dated photo certificate, authenticating the piece.
3. A Masterworks Fine Art, Inc. Certificate of Authenticity will also accompany the work.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in a bright, Baroque-style frame. The golden hues of the moulding compliment the rich deep tones and accentuate the bright colors of this work. The sculptural details also serve to enhance Picasso’s rhythmic and iconic stroke throughout the drawing. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Le Peintre et Son Modèle (The Painter & His Model)

Synopsis
Title: Le Peintre et Son Modèle (The Painter & His Model)
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Original Linoleum Cut / Linocut in Black and White
Image Size: 25 in x 20 3/4 in (63.5 cm x 52.71 cm)
Sheet Size: 29 5/8 in x 24 1/2 in (75.2 cm x 62.2 cm)
Framed Size: 48 in x 43 1/2 in (121.92 cm x 110.49 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin
Edition: Numbered 4/160 in pencil in the lower left margin and dated in the linoleum block in the lower left of the image: '2.7.65'
Condition: This work is in very good condition


Historical Description:

This expressive linocut celebrates the beauty of the human form through which Picasso has created one of his most intriguing prints. Created using one block printed in black, the lines carved out of the linoleum has been printed in white, producing an effective aura of subtle grace and balanced composition. With traces of his cubist sentiment, Picasso has invited us into this intimate scene of painter and model; they interact with each other in a distracted way as each are occupied with their own action, despite being in such close proximity to one another. Yet a closeness and understanding between the two are conveyed as Picasso has effortlessly translated in the expression on their faces.

Created on July 2, 1965, this original linoleum cut is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin. Number 4/160 in pencil in the lower left margin, this work was printed and published by Arnéra, Vallauris on Arches paper.

PROVENANCE:

Property from the Estate of Ernest Shapiro, NY

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. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso Tome I, Catalogue de l’œuvre grave et lithographié 1904 – 1967, Editions Kornfeld: Berne, 1984. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 1194 on pg. 252.
2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Picasso Linoleum Cuts, The Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection, Liberman, W. S. (intr.) , Random House: New York. Listed and illustrated as plate no. 116 on pg. 112.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in a bronze, Baroque-style frame. The golden hues of the moulding compliment the rich deep tones and accentuate the bright colors of this work. The sculptural details also serve to enhance Picasso’s rhythmic and iconic stroke throughout the drawing. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Femme assise en pyjama de plage (Seated woman in beach pyjamas)

Synopsis
Title: Femme assise en pyjama de plage (Seated woman in beach pyjamas)
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Original color linoleum cut / linocut
Image Size: 15 1/2 in x 12 in (39.37 cm x 30.48 cm)
Sheet Size: 20 3/4 in x 15 1/2 in (52.71 cm x 39.37 cm)
Framed Size: 38 1/2 in x 33 1/2 in (97.79 cm x 85.09 cm)
Signed: Pablo Picasso, LR
Edition: 'Epreuve d'Artiste' in pencil in the lower left margin (aside from the signed and numbered edition of 100)
Condition: Excellent


Historical Description:

Published by Berggruen, Paris in 1962, this linocut was to be part of the deluxe edition of Jacques Prévert's book, Diurnes, with decoupages and photographs by André Villers. It was printed by Arnéra, Vallauris on vélin d'Arches paper in two colours (chocolate & tan) and signed in the lower right margin in pencil by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) . This work is an artist's proof aside from the signed and numbered edition out of 100 (also an edition of 900 with small margins reproduced in Prévert's book) . There also features a collection stamp on the verso from the 'Collection René Debossens.'

Envisioning this woman seated comfortably along the beach, she basks in her 'pyjama de plage' and soaks up life to its fullest. Here, with Femme assise en pyjama de plage, Picasso is able to translate the warmth of the Mediterranean, using bright hues of tans and chocolate browns. Depicting a lovely seated figure, he demonstrates remarkable ingenuity in transforming the linocut to a work of unbridled mastery only Picasso could create. The art of the linoleum cut was not appreciated and accepted as a distinguished form of printmaking until artists like Picasso revealed its true potential. Once considered the 'poor man's woodcut,' Picasso was able to maneuver his blade in such a way as to create robust, free-flowing lines, full of movement, energy, and force. Its bold and dazzling color is one that cannot be translated through a photograph and can only to be truly appreciated when viewed in person.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :

1. Baer, Brigitte. Picasso Peintre-Graveur, Tome V - Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre grave et des monotypes, Berne, 1989. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 1276 on pg. 353.
2. Bloch, Georges. Pablo Picasso Tome I - Catalogue de l'œuvre grave et lithographié 1904-1967, Berne, 1968. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 1062 on pg. 223.
3. Cramer, Patrick et al. Pablo Picasso The Illustrated Books: Catalogue Raisonné, Geneva, 1983. Listed and illustrated under Jacques Prévert's Diurnes, 1962 on pg. 284-5.
4. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Picasso Linoleum Cuts from the Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection, New York, 1985. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 83 on pg. 82.
5. Verlag, Gerd, and Hatje for the Kunstmuseum Basel / Bonn. Pablo Picasso Die illustrierten Bücher, 1996. Listed and illustrated as cat. no. 115 on pg. 153.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials and museum quality, this work is set in a bronze, Baroque-style frame. The golden hues of the moulding compliment the rich deep tones and accentuate the bright colors of this work. The sculptural details also serve to enhance Picasso's rhythmic and iconic stroke throughout the drawing. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Tête (Head)

Synopsis
Title: Tête (Head)
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Unique Original
Original: Crayon Drawing; dedication along top margin to 'Jerry Mason' written by the artist. Also dated July 3, 1958 in blue crayon in the lower left
Image Size: 11 in x 8 in (27.9 cm x 20.3 cm)
Sheet Size: 11 in x 8 in (27.9 cm x 20.3 cm)
Framed Size: 303/4 in x 27 3/4 in (78.12 cm x 69.44 cm)
Signed: This piece is hand-signed in blue crayon by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in the lower right
Edition: Unique
Condition: This piece is in excellent, pristine condition


Historical Description:

As an extremely rare unique original, this piece is accompanied by authentication documents from BOTH Ms. Maya Widmaier Picasso and Mr. Claude Picasso - a marvelous work in pristine condition! These can be faxed upon request. The originals will of course be included with the purchase of the work.

A delightful, colorful face of a clown-like figure graces this dedication on the title page of The Private World of Pablo Picasso. Jerry Mason, for whom this drawing was occasioned, was the editor, designer, and publisher for this book which comes from his own, private collection. Picasso has written: “Pour Jerry Mason” along the upper border in honor of his friend and colleague. Written and photographed by David Douglas Duncan over the course of his 6-month stay in Picasso and Jacqueline’s home, this book became a collaboration between the three. Not only does this whimsical work feature a dedication by Picasso, but of the author as well; it reads “For Jerry…Dave.”

Created on July 3, 1958, this crayon drawing is featured in the book, The Private World of Pablo Picasso, published by Harper & Brothers and written by David Douglas Duncan. It is signed in blue crayon by Picasso in the lower right and also features a written dedication in blue crayon along the top border of the work. There is a second dedication in ink written by David Douglas Duncan in the lower right above the artist’s signature.

PROVENANCE:

Jerry Mason - New York

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. A hand-written photo certificate by Maya Widmaier Picasso accompanies this work, dated 12 November 2006.
2. A hand-written photo certificate by Claude Picasso accompanies this work, dated 6 September 2006.
3. A Masterworks Fine Art, Inc. Certificate of Authenticity will be included with the sale of this work.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with archival materials, this work is set in an ornate Baroque style gold & bronze moulding. The dramatic, sculptural details accentuate the whimsical nature of the character within the piece, complimenting Picasso’s overall aesthetic. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mattes and a matching gold inner fillet, this work is set behind an archival Plexiglas cover.

Style: 20th Century Modern Art, Modern Artist, Cubism, Cubist

Venus et L'Amour (Venus and Cupid, the Honey Thief), 1960

Synopsis
Title: Venus et L'Amour (Venus and Cupid, the Honey Thief), 1960
Artist: Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Medium: Original color lithograph on Arches wove watermarked paper
Image Size: 25 1/4 in x 19 3/4 in (64.1 cm x 50.2 cm)
Sheet Size: 30 in x 22 5/8 in (76.2 cm x 57.5 cm)
Framed Size: 45 1/2 in x 38 1/2 in (115.6 cm x 97.8 cm)
Signed: Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in blue crayon in the lower right margin
Edition: From the edition of 300, published by Paul Rosenburg.
Condition: A marvelous large work in superb condition.


Historical Description:

Subtle in color and grand in scale, this work is the quintessential representation of Picasso's mature style. It features his interest in the female subject, cubist planer interpretation, form and line, emotion, and elements of the fantastic.

Created 1960, this original lithograph is based on an earlier gouache painting from 1957. Printed on Arches wove paper with the Arches watermark, this work was printed by Mourlot, Paris, and published by Paul Rosenburg. Hand signed by Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in blue crayon in the lower right margin. The reverse contains the following printed inscription from an additional plate: 'Venus et l'amour voluer de miel, collection Lehman, le 12.6.57, fait. 13.6.57, Cranach l'Ancien.' This text was printed in script on a second plate to reflect the original paintings provenance association in the Lehman collection. Cranach l'Ancien is Lucas Cranach the Old One, a fifteenth century painter of mythological subjects, to which this piece is dedicate by Picasso.

Venus and Cupid emerge from a fantastical wilderness into the frontal plane of the lithograph. Cubist in nature, Venus suffers from complex and unnatural proportions that include voluptuous hips and breasts, dangerously thin limbs, a shrunken head, and an unscrupulous pregnant belly. She modestly covers herself with a diaphanous scarf, as she wears only a large and fashionable sun hat. Her small companion, Cupid, is shown crying, as he looks to Venus guiltily with the stolen fruit in hand. The large scale of the piece allows us to examine the finer details, analyze the style, and truly appreciate the genius of the artist. The work is playful and complex, as Picasso interprets mythology, sexuality, and reality.

About the Framing:

Conservation framed with a wonderful floral moulding in an antique gold finish. The subtle triple layer vegetal motif perfectly compliments the whimsical environment within this Picasso print. All materials are archival and museum quality. Framing is completed with white linen wrapped mattes, a matching gold inner fillet, and Plexiglas cover.

Illustrated in:

1. The original gouache painting is documented in The Picasso Project, Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Fifties II, listed as 57-050 on page 114.
2. Texas A&M University. The Online Picasso Project. www.picasso.tamu.edu. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. OPP.60:135 (this example illustrated).

Style: Cubism, Blue Period, Rose Period, 20th Century Spanish Modern Master, Madoura ceramics of Vallauris, Vollard