Pablo Picasso

Femme Echevelee (Dishevelled Woman), 1963; Unglazed white earthenware plate; Numbered 4/100

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Artist: Pablo Picasso
Title: Femme Echevelee (Dishevelled Woman), 1963 Unglazed white earthenware plate Limited Edition of 100, Numbered 4/100 and marked T.103 in ink, with the 'Empreinte Originale de Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu' pottery stamps on the verso;
Unframed Dimensions: 10 1/2" in diameter
Alain Ramie Catalogue Raisonne number: A.R. 510
Excellent condition Certificate of Authenticity included Monochromatic, unglazed and engraved, “Femme Echevelee” is a specially interesting piece of Picasso’s ceramic work executed in the Madoura studio. It was made as an “empreinte originale”, which indicates a special ceramic stamping technique the great master used, invented and perfected in the celebrated studio in Vallauris. The production process involved a plaster mold with a previously made drawing that would be imprinted on soft clay, thus leaving a desired visual imprint.
The entire Madoura period is marked by extensive experimentation in ceramic, with Picasso exploring techniques, methods, glazing, and decoration adjusting them to his own manner. One of these experiments gave this particular technique, inspired by printmaking on clay. The result was an interesting and innovative surface, decorated with an embossed relief, providing additional texture and depth to the normally two-dimensional ceramic painting. Satisfied with the outcome, the master created several series following this method.
“Femme Echevelee”, meaning “Dishevelled Woman” is an original Madoura plate from a very limited edition. It’s bedecked with a schematic drawing of a woman dancing or in trance. Crude lines and simplistic limbs reveal Picasso’s cubist roots, but also his devotion to primitive arts that inspired him at this time in his career. Lack of glaze and color add to the energy and tactility of the piece. The piece is accompanied by the Certificate of Authenticity and it’s in excellent condition. More on the work’s history and meaning can be found in Alain Ramie’s catalogue raisonne of Picasso’s ceramics under the number 510.
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About Pablo Picasso A man of unparalleled talent, Pablo Picasso was the most influential figure in the 20th-century art. With an unequivocal sense of invention, he was devoted to creating art throughout his life, crossing media with utter ease and elegance, always following his limitless imagination as the ultimate indicator of truth.
Together with Georges Braque, Picasso fathered one of the most progressive art movements - Cubism, rethinking the representation of the three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface in a radical way. Inspired by the art of Africa and the Iberian peninsula, his ideas and works left a deep mark on other modernist movements, including Expressionism and Surrealism. His most famous work, the powerful “Guernica” (1937), was created in reaction to the Spanish Civil War, today celebrated as the supreme example of anti-war art. Resolute and vital throughout his life, Picasso left behind a colossal body of work of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, ceramics, costumes and stage set designs. With a name synonymous with greatness, Picasso is considered a legend. He was infamous for his many passionate relationships with women, as well as for his charisma.
With an ego to match his gift, the great artist once said about himself: “My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.” Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881.
He lived in Paris and Mougins, France, where he died in 1973.

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