Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
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Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Etude pour un vase

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Etude pour un vase
dated and numbered '23/mai/50/IV' (upper left)
pencil on paper
10½ x 8¼in. (26.7 x 21cm.)
Lionel Prejger, Paris
Harvey Lubitz, New York
Anon. sale, Sotheby's New York, 11 February 1987
Montreal, Gallery Elka London, Picasso and some of his Contemporaries, June-October 1985
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Maya Widmaier-Picasso. The authenticity of the work has also kindly been confirmed by Claude Picasso.
This delightful study depicts a tall vessel with a flared neck, which Picasso was known to be working on at the Madoura pottery during the 1950s. Converting the vase's silhouette into the amusing anthropomorphic body of a drapper, waist-coated gent, the sketch reveals the artist's sprightly sense of humour and sharp eye of the three-dimensional forms.

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