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Pablo Picasso
'Bird with tuft (Oiseau à Ia huppe)' Madoura ceramic bowl, Edition Picasso

1952

$3,750

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'Bird with tuft,' or 'Oiseau à Ia huppe,' is an original Edition Picasso Madoura ceramic bowl from the early years of Pablo Picasso's ceramic output. In the bowl's center is, of course, a bird – a subject that Picasso returned to throughout his career. Picasso's artwork is filled with animals, and his earliest drawings are of the pigeons that his father bred. Later in his career, his images of doves became particularly adored – and his drawing 'Dove of Peace' was selected as the icon of the first International Peace Conference in 1949. Other birds are likewise found in his paintings and drawings, including owls and, as seen here, songbirds. "Pablo loved to surround himself with birds and animals. In general they were exempt from the suspicion with which he regarded his other friends." –Françoise Gilot When Picasso produced this edition ceramic dish in 1952, it was one of at least four others also depicting small songbirds. This example shows the bird standing on a scattering of seeds, each drawn with the simple, masterful strokes of glaze Picasso was so known for. The confidence of the composition on this bowl demonstrates Picasso's mastery of medium and form at the height of his career. Black oxide glazed white earthenware From the edition of 500 1.75 x 5.75 x 5.75 inches Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps on base Inscribed 'Edition Picasso' on base in black glaze Overall good and stable condition; minor soiling; chips and hairline cracks along lower right lip of bowl; some skips in glaze. Feel free to contact us for a more thorough condition report. Ref: Ramié 173 Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso (1881 –1973), was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are commonly regarded as the three artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics. Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art. Prolific as a draftsman, sculptor, and printmaker, Picasso's primary medium was painting. He usually painted from imagination or memory, and worked in many different styles throughout his career. Although he used color as an expressive element, he relied on drawing rather than subtleties of color to create form and space. A nanoprobe of Picasso's The Red Armchair (1931) by physicists at Argonne National Laboratory in 2012 confirmed art historians' belief that Picasso used common house paint in many of his paintings. Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1905–1907), the African-influenced Period (1908–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919). In 1939–40 the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, under its director Alfred Barr, a Picasso enthusiast, held a major and highly successful retrospective of his principal works up until that time. This exhibition lionized the artist, brought into full public view in America the scope of his artistry, and resulted in a reinterpretation of his work by contemporary art historians and scholars. Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs.

Details

  • Artist
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish)
  • Creation Year
    1952
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.75 in. (4.45 cm)Diameter: 5.75 in. (14.61 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Overall good and stable condition; minor soiling; chips and hairline cracks along lower right lip of bowl; some skips in glaze. Feel free to contact us for a more thorough condition report.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 12596c1stDibs: LU60536807002

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About Pablo Picasso (Artist)

One of the most prolific and revolutionary artists the world has ever seen, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) had a tremendous impact on the development of 20th-century modern art.


Although he is best known for his association with the Cubist movement, which he founded with Georges Braque, Picasso’s influence extends to Surrealism, neoclassicism and expressionism.


“Every act of creation is, first of all, an act of destruction,” the Spanish artist proclaimed. In his Cubist paintings, he emphasizes the two-dimensionality of the canvas, breaking with conventions regarding perspective, foreshortening and proportion. Picasso was inspired by Iberian and African tribal art. One of his most famous pre-Cubist works is Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), a painting considered immoral and shocking at the time for its depiction of nude women whose faces resemble Iberian tribal masks.


He made many portraits in this style, most often of the women in his life, their expressively colored faces composed of geometric shards of surface planes. In Woman in a Hat (Olga), 1935, he painted his first wife as an assemblage of abstract forms, leaving the viewer to decipher the subject through the contrasting colors and shapes. Picasso was a tireless artist, creating more than 20,000 paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and sculptures. Tracing his life’s work reveals the progression of modern art, on which he had an unparalleled influence.

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