Worthington Galleries is pleased to announce the acquisition of two limited edition ceramic vessels created by legendary 20th century artist Pablo Picasso.
Picasso, best known as the founder of the Cubism art movement, took up ceramics after visiting Vallauris in Southern France for an annual pottery exhibition in 1946. It was there that the artist was introduced to Suzanne and Georges Ramie, owners of the Madoura Pottery workshop. The Ramies allowed Picasso to use their studio space to create pottery as he pleased. In return, Picasso allowed the Ramies to make and sell limited editions of the pieces he produced.
Picasso created more than 600 pieces over the next 25 years in collaboration with the Ramie family.
“People know him for his Cubist paintings and for the sad, solemn figures of his earlier Blue Period,” said Michael Keever, owner and curator of Worthington Galleries. “But later in his life, Picasso reveled in his discovery of pottery-making. He got great joy from turning plates, pitchers, jugs and other into playful, lively figures with faces and animals.”
His Madoura pieces include plates, bowls, vases and pitchers in limited editions ranging from 25 to 500.
The second piece, “Centaur au Visages,” is an enameled piece of earthenware with engobe and paraffin decoration stamped “Madoura Plein Feu Edition Picasso” and numbered 80 of 125.
Both works are in excellent condition and include their original 1997 purchase receipt from Galerie Madoura in Vallauris, France.
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