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Pablo Picasso - Visage No.197


Round plate, white earthenware clay, engine and enamel decoration under glaze, 1963, blue, green & black. Verso: Handwritten glazed inscription in black under glaze: No 197/EDITION PICASSO/MADOURA

Size: 25.5 cms (Diameter) (10 Inches)

Reference: Alain Ramié, Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947 - 1971, Galerie Madoura, 1988, reproduced page 342, catalogue Number 494 

Edition: 500

Created by: Madoura Potteries, Vallauris, France

Provenance: Israeli Dealer of note

Note: This whimsical and humorous face echoes that of a clown, conveying a sense of light-heartedness and childlike sentiment. The bright glaze adds to the deep blue and forest green cheeks set against the brilliant white background. Deep, bold strokes of black come together to create the minimalist features of the eyes, bridge of the nose, and wide smile. The coloration serves as another character to this work, adding life and depth to this visage. Picasso had created a number of faces for a series of ceramic plates; this particular example stands out as one of his more cheerful and exuberant works.