Tete de Lion(384 views)
Description: Terracotta plaque with colored engobe and glaze. Stamped, marked and numbered "Madoura Plein Feu/Emprinte Originale de Picasso/118/3/50" on verso.
Condition Report: In Excellent Condition
Notes: While Picasso was most known for using the bull or minotaur as his animal symbol, the lion occasionally appeared in his oeuvre a well. By depicting a lion, the artist is making a statement about his courage and stregnth. The courage to break new ground in art with the invention of Cubism, the strength to constantly pursue new ways of creating art and at the age of 80, the courage to marry his second wife, Jacqueline, who was only 32 at the time! This lively, colorful and delightful terracotta plaque is colored with engobe, a form of painting in clay and glazed to preserve the luminosity of the colors. It's dramatic size allows the fine details in the work to shine. It is a rare work produced in only 50 examples. At the end of the 1940s, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 18811973) started creating ceramic works. At the time, Picasso spent his summers on the Cote d'Azur in the South of France. Following earlier trips to the Riviera, where he was inspired by the clarity of the light and the bright Mediterranean colors, the artist visited Vallauris for the annual pottery exhibition in 1946. Impressed by the quality of the Madoura works, he was introduced to the owners, Suzanne and Georges Ramié, who welcomed him into their workshop, and gave him access to all the tools and resources he needed to express his creativity with ceramics. In exchange, the Ramié family would produce and sell his ceramic work. This collaboration with the local ceramicists spanned 25 years.
Dimensions: 12.25 x 12.25 inches
Artist or Maker: Picasso, Pablo
Literature: Reference: A.R. 575
Medium: Terracotta plaque with colored engobe and glaze