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19.3 – 15.9 2020

Pablo Picasso:The Ceramics

Pablo Picasso:The Ceramics

19.03 – 15.09.2020

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Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

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3-5 Swallow St
London
W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour are pleased to be hosting an exhibition of ceramic works by Pablo Picasso. With subjects varying from Greek mythological figures, animals, faces and even scenes of the Spanish corrida, his pieces are united by an accessible and playful aesthetic that carries the recognisable hand of Picasso. The selection exhibited at Huxley-Parlour, featuring female muses, faces and curious animals in unique designs and unusual shapes, speaks to the variety of the artist’s practice and its enduring appeal over time.

Vallauris, 1953 Pablo Picasso
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Vallauris, 1953 Pablo Picasso

Picasso’s ceramics are predominantly the result of a 25-year collaboration with the Madoura Pottery workshop in Vallauris, where he met his muse and second wife Jacqueline Roque. During this period, which spanned from 1946 to his death in 1973, he produced over 600 pieces, originating from more than 3,500 ceramic designs. Intended to be accessible and easily affordable, Picasso created editions of up to 500 pieces, the result of a prolific practice and continuously evolving style.

From elegant plates and platters to intricate and imaginative pitchers and vases, the pieces exhibited reveal the breadth of the artist’s innovative practice in clay. As in Picasso’s prolific painted oeuvre, his use of vigorous, abstracted brushstrokes give life and vibrancy to his ceramic subjects. In some cases, the arms of pitchers are turned into extensions of the figures themselves, becoming the anatomical features of the animals depicted. These works in particular demonstrate the evolution of Picasso’s practice, having begun with mostly utilitarian items such as plates or bowls and having progressed to more complex forms.

Throughout his later career, Picasso experimented with a variety of ceramic techniques, including oxides and glazes, firing processes and engravings. He adopted two main styles: the precise replication of an object and the creation of unique designs using dry clay moulds. Works of the latter kind are distinguished by the mark ‘Empriente Originale de Picasso’. Every piece contains a stamp or marking. The most common, featured on all exhibited pieces, include ‘Madoura Plein Feu’, which verifies the edition’s authenticity and provenance, and ‘Edition Picasso’, limited editions authorised by the artist and created at the Madoura factory.

Picasso prioritised the functionality of his ceramics. Many of his first pieces were used in his own home or gifted to friends. In contrast to the elevated prices of his paintings and sculptures, his ceramics were both accessible and easily available. Reflective of Picasso’s unmistakable style, they provided then as they do now a unique key into one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists.

The Exhibition

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The Works

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Pablo Picasso

Ice Pitcher (Pichet à Glace)

1952

White earthenware clay, decoration in oxides, engraved on white enamel under glaze

2

Pablo Picasso

Face (Visage)

1955

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and glaze

3

Pablo Picasso

Prow Figure (Figure de Proue)

1952

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes, partially engraved, and glazed

4

Pablo Picasso

Face Tankard (Chope Visage)

1959

White earthenware clay, decoration in oxide on white enamel

5

Pablo Picasso

Woman (Femme)

1955

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and engraved

6

Pablo Picasso

Owl (Hibou)

1954

White earthenware clay, oxide decoration on white enamel

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Pablo Picasso

Owl (Hibou)

1954

White earthenware clay, oxide decoration on white enamel

8

Pablo Picasso

Black and Brown Owl (Hibou Marron Noir)

1951

White earthenware clay, decoration in oxides, knife engraved on white enamel

9

Pablo Picasso

Wood-Owl (Chouette)

1969

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes, engraved under partial brushed glaze

10

Pablo Picasso

Wood-Owl (Chouette)

1968

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes under partial brushed glaze

11

Pablo Picasso

Grey Face (Visage Gris)

1953

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes, partially engraved under a brushed glaze

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Pablo Picasso

Small Owl Jug (Petit Pichet de Hibou)

1955

White earthenware clay, decoration in oxides and engraved by knife on white enamel

13

Pablo Picasso

Goat’s Head (Tête de Chèvre de Profil)

1952

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes under partial brushed glaze, patinated ground

14

Pablo Picasso

Woman’s Face (Visage de Femme)

1953

White earthenware clay, partially engraved, with coloured engobe and glaze

15

Pablo Picasso

Face No. 111 (Visage No. 111)

1963

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and enamel under glaze

16

Pablo Picasso

Vallauris

1953

White earthenware clay, engraving accentuated with oxidised paraffin under white enamel

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Pablo Picasso

Little Faces No. 57 (Petits Visages No. 57)

1963

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobes and enamel under partial brushed glaze

18

Pablo Picasso

Bird with Worm (Oiseau au Ver)

1952

White earthenware clay, oxidized paraffin decoration, white enamel

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Pablo Picasso

Tormented Faun’s Face (Visage de Faune Tourmenté)

1956

White earthenware clay, decoration in engobe, enamel, glaze

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Pablo Picasso

Dishevelled Woman (Femme Échevelée)

1963

White earthenware clay

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Pablo Picasso

Bull’s Head (Tête de Taureau)

1954

White earthenware clay with coloured engobe and glaze

22

Pablo Picasso

Jacqueline’s Profile (Profil de Jacqueline)

1956

White earthenware clay

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Pablo Picasso

Man’s Face (Visage d’homme)

1955

White earthenware clay, knife engraved decoration under brushed glaze

Pablo Picasso

B. Spain1881-1973

B. Spain1881-1973

Biography

Pablo Picasso is one of the best-known artists of the Western world, celebrated for his inventive use of colour and form and his varied output. Picasso’s oeuvre can be dissected into his Blue Period (1901-1904), Rose Period (1904-1906), and his move into Surrealism with the painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) which was inspired by Iberian sculpture, ethnographic objects from Africa, primitivism, and eroticism. Picasso spent many decades producing ceramic designs in the Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris, France. These pieces often used recognisable motifs from his paintings and drawings, including bulls, portraits, and mythological references. Picasso painted the world-renowned Guernica in 1937 in response to the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by Nationalist Forces.

Alongside contemporary Georges Braque, Picasso conceived an artistic movement known as Analytical Cubism, which used neutral tones to depict de-constructed objects, offering multiple-perspectives in a single image. He also created the first collage compositions, creating geometric pieces out of newspaper cuttings and wallpaper. He left behind a prolific output of paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, tapestries and prints which became the basis of the collection for the Musée Picasso in Paris.

Picasso was born in Malága, Spain in 1881. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona before moving to Madrid to study at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. There are museums dedicated to Picasso’s work in Paris, France, Barcelona, Spain and in his hometown of Malága. His work is held in the collections of international museums and galleries including, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Tate, London and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. His works are amongst the most expensive ever sold at auction.

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