Petit visage solaire(339 views)
Condition Report: In Excellent Condition
Notes: Against a pure black background, a delightful sun gazes at us, half in light and half in dark. This work is complemented by the curves and valleys of the impression itself. This little sun appears to be radiating warmth and joy, yet maintaing the mystery as day turns into night. Created in 1968, this rectangular plaque of red earthenware clay printed with black engobe is from the edition of 200. This work is stamped with the MADOURA PLEIN FEU and EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO pottery stamps on the reverse. In excellent condition. At the end of the 1940s, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 18811973) started creating ceramic works. At the time, Picasso spent his summers on the Cote d'Azur in the South of France. Following earlier trips to the Riviera, where he was inspired by the clarity of the light and the bright Mediterranean colors, the artist visited Vallauris for the annual pottery exhibition in 1946. Impressed by the quality of the Madoura works, he was introduced to the owners, Suzanne and Georges Ramié, who welcomed him into their workshop, and gave him access to all the tools and resources he needed to express his creativity with ceramics. In exchange, the Ramié family would produce and sell his ceramic work. This collaboration with the local ceramicists spanned 25 years. Picasso went on to create clay pieces throughout the last years of his life. He initially found that working with clay was a relaxing summer respite from the more strenuous demands of painting. He began with simple utilitarian objects, such as plates and bowls. He then proceeded to create more ambitious forms, such as pitchers and vases, where the handles became facial or anatomical parts of the animal depicted. The subjects are very creative and playful, and include Greek mythological figures, animal shapes, such as owls and fishes, corrida scenes, and face motifs, among others.
Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Artist or Maker: Picasso, Pablo
Literature: Reference: AR 551.