Artist: Pablo Picasso
Title: Poisson Fond Blanc (A.R. 168)
Medium: Painted and glazed white ceramic dish
Size: 13 1/2" x 16 1/2"
Frame: 20 1/2" x 23 1/2" x 2 3/4"
Inscription: Empreinte Originale de Picasso and Madoura pottery stamps on the reverse; workshop number I114
Condition: Very good quality with no damage or restoration
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is considered one of the most influential and significant artists of the 20th century. Today he is renowned for his role in co-founding Cubism and shaping the direction of modern and contemporary art. His unique and distinct approach to art combined several styles, some of which he helped develop. His body of work encompassed painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, and ceramics.
Though known primarily for his larger-than-life paintings, Picasso discovered a passion for pottery while in the South of France in 1946. While at a pottery exhibition in Vallauris, he met the owners of Madoura Pottery, Suzanne and Georges Ramié. The three of them eventually established a creative partnership. With the help of the Madoura studio, Picasso created ceramics inspired by his sketches. He created vases, sculptural work, and functional objects such as bowls, plates, and pitchers. The vessels often depicted bullfighting scenes, portraits, more specifically faces, and animals such as birds, fish, and goats. His pieces incorporated various ceramic techniques such as carving, etching, painting, and glazing. Picasso and Madoura Pottery collaborated for decades to create over 633 limited edition pieces.
Poisson Fond Blanc (A.R. 168) illustrates a fish centered on a dish with the edge decorated in quick brushstrokes. The palette incorporates primary colors—blue, yellow, and red—juxtaposed by a border of green and scattered green spots. The use of bright and vibrant colors in the ceramic plate alludes to joy.
Poisson Fond Blanc (A.R. 168)includes a gallery certificate of authenticity. The dish has the Empreinte Originale de Picasso and Madoura pottery stamps on the reverse. It also includes workshop number I114. Furthermore, the artwork is of very good quality with no damage or restoration.
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.