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Pablo Picasso


Terre de faïence ceramic vase

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish) "Lampe Femme," 1955, A.R. 295 Terre de faïence ceramic vase Edition of 100; Stamped: Madoura / Plein Feu / d'Après Picasso; Partial transport label to underside and full transport label with the piece: Andre Chenue & Fils / 24/64/2 15" H x 8" W x 5.5" D Provenance: Estate of Jacqueline Roque Picasso Purchased from Hammer Galleries, New York Acquired by decent to present owner Literature: Hammer Galleries, "Picasso: Unique Ceramics from the Estate of Jacqueline Picasso," New York, 1999, p. 12. Notes: This lot is accompanied by the Hammer Galleries catalogue and the Andre Chenue & Fils transport label. Among the most influential and prolific artists of the twentieth-century, Pablo Picasso was instrumental in the development of Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism. In addition to an ever-shifting aesthetic sensibility, he embraced diverse media from painting and sculpture to prints, drawings, ceramics, and even jewelry. The present work, "Lampe Femme," has an esteemed provenance, originating from the collection of Picasso's second wife and longtime muse, Jacqueline Picasso. She sold the vase to Hammer Galleries in New York, where it was purchased by the parents of the present collector, who inherited it by descent. Picasso met Jacqueline at Madoura Pottery, the ceramic workshop where many of the artist's works in that medium were produced. Jacqueline was a studio assistant before they commenced a romantic relationship and later married. Together for more than 20 years, she is a frequent subject of his late paintings, until his death in 1973. "Lampe Femme" was produced at the Madoura studio. Attracted by the versatility of clay, Picasso not only mastered traditional ceramic forms but invented new ones. In this example, a technical achievement of firing, Picasso overlays the face of a woman onto this unique shaped vessel. He hand-painting her features in a pleasing blue that is reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea, not far from the Cote D'Azur pottery studio. In characteristic form, Picasso achieves harmony of proportion coupled with unmatched innovation.