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

Grand vase aux femmes nues

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Grand vase aux femmes nues
inscribed, dated and numbered 'VALLAURIS MAI 50 9' and with the 'EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO' and 'MADOURA PLEIN FEU' pottery stamps (on the inside)
painted and incised terracotta
Height: 25 ¾ in. (65.4 cm.)
Executed in May 1950
Sidney F. Brody, New York; sale, Christie's, New York, 5 May 2010, lot 104.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
G. Bloch, Pablo Picasso, Catalogue de l'oeuvre gravé céramique, 1949-1971, Bern, 1972, vol. III, no. 20 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 28).
G. Ramié, Picasso's Ceramics, Secaucus, 1974, pp. 291 and 277, no. 689 (another from the edition illustrated).
A. Ramié, Picasso, Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works, 1947-1971, Madoura, 1988, p. 65, no. 115 (another from the edition illustrated in situ, pp. 13 and 16; another from the edition illustrated in color, pp. 64-65).

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Lot Essay

Ceramics played a fundamental part in Picasso's career, from his first experiments in 1947 until his death almost thirty years later. Appreciated by the artist as a creative medium in its own right, he explored the play offered between line and form, between two and three dimensions. The present work is a remarkable example of this artistic oeuvre. The curves of the vase follow and emphasize the feminine lines of the bodies—probably inspired by the artist's then-companion Françoise Gilot—while the shade and softness of terracotta simulate the look and touch of bare skin.

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