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Pablo Picasso
'Bright Owl' original Madoura ceramic rectangular platter, Edition Picasso

1959

$32,000

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'Bright Owl' is an original Edition Picasso Madoura ceramic bowl from the height of Pablo Picasso's ceramic output. In the bowl's center is, of course, an owl – a subject that Picasso returned to throughout his career. The owl was an important symbol for Picasso for many reasons. On one hand, it relates to his interest in ancient Greece. Picasso returned to classical themes throughout his career, and the owl is the sacred bird of Athena in classical mythology. The owl here can be seen thusly as a symbol of wisdom, courage and intelligence. On the other hand, many of Picasso's works can be read biographically. He indeed had a personal connection to owls and kept several of of the birds as pets in his own home. The first of these was in 1946 when a friend of his found a small injured owl in the Musée d’Antibes, which Picasso nursed to health and kept as a pet. In the following decades, owls became one of Picassos most beloved motifs. "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 platter in 1959, it was one of two with the same composition. 'Bright Owl' features a glossy glaze, while its brother 'Mat Owl' has a matte surface and is only glazed on the underside. The composition the owl standing upright and looking directly forward with a sleepy gaze, drawn with the simple, masterful strokes of glaze Picasso was so known for. The confidence of the composition on this platter demonstrates Picasso's mastery of medium and form at the height of his career. white earthenware clay, decoration in englobes and engraved by knife under glaze; black white and blue From the edition of 450 15.13 x 12.25 x 1.63 inches Edition Picasso and Madoura stamps on base Inscribed 'Edition Picasso Madoura' on base in black Overall good and stable condition with no chips, losses or scratches; some adhesive accretions on reverse. Feel free to contact us for a more thorough condition report. Literature: Ramié 285 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.

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  • Creator
    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish)
  • Creation Year
    1959
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.13 in. (38.44 cm)Width: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm)Depth: 1.63 in. (4.15 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Overall good and stable condition with no chips, losses or scratches; some adhesive accretions on reverse. Feel free to contact us for a more thorough condition report.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 12707c1stDibs: LU60537856562

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About the Artist

Pablo Picasso

One of the most prolific and revolutionary artists the world has ever seen, Pablo Picasso 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.Browse an expansive collection of Pablo Picasso's art on 1stDibs.
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