Pablo Picasso
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Pablo Picasso


Pablo Picasso
stamped, marked and numbered 'Madoura Plein Feu/Edition Picasso/Edition Picasso/14/100/Madoura' (underneath)
unglazed ceramic pitcher
11¾in. (30cm.) high
Conceived on 29th March 1955 and executed in an edition of 100
A. Ramié, no.255 (another version illustrated)
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Lot Essay

Perfectly melding function and physical form. Picasso's Taureau evokes the fever of the bullring, translating his memories of the courageous combat between man and beast in three dimensions.
Although Picasso frequently celebrated the glory of the bullfighter in paintings, prints and platters, with Taureau, he dedicates the form to a zoomorphic representation of a formidable charging bull painted in the round. Adapting the globular shape of the pitcher into the bull's muscular physique, with its tail following the loop of the handle and pair of colourful banderillas jutting from its back up the narrow spout, Picasso lends a sculptural quality to the vessel, whilst retaining its functional purpose. Vibrant with life and impulsive, masculine energy, the bull embodies the sense of optimism and renewal Picasso found in the re-visitation of ancient traditions, culture and crafts of the Mediterranean, infusing Taureau with an animated sense of elation and joie de vivre.

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