Pablo Picasso - Corrida sur Fond Noir
Rectangular dish, white earthenware clay, decoration in engines, knife engraved under glaze, date 25/9/1953, Blue, green, red, white black background.
Ramié, Alain.(AR) 1988. Picasso: catalogue de l'oeuvre céramique édité 1947-1971.
Vallauris: Galerie Madoura - AR 198 (page 199)
Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University.
Manufactured by: Madoura Potteries, France
Provenance: Private European Collection
Size: 39 x 32 x 4 cm
Edition: Conceived on 25 September 1953 and executed in an edition of 500. These were never numbered.
Note: The imagery in this ceramic reflects Picasso's continued interest in the primal and masculine interactions between men and bulls. The ceramic medium allows for a wonderful three-dimensional effect, as the delicate line work brings movement and life to each character. Positioned against a black background, the bull and picador face off. The outlines of both the picador and the bull are coloured in white. Behind them, small dots make out what is perceived as the audience. Viewers are made aware of the tension between the two figures as the bull readies its horns. Picasso was quite intrigued by the subject of the bull. As one author states, "In the work of Picasso, the bull is like one of those Spanish rivers, turbulent and agitated, which lose themselves among the brambles, rocks, and reeds, only to reappear later at some other place further on, in plain sight. There are times when it appears that the bull is adumbrated even in the 'figures' of the painter, figures as profound as they are debatable and enigmatic"