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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CHICAGO

Pablo Picasso
PASTORALE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
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312

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, CHICAGO

Pablo Picasso
PASTORALE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
PASTORALE
Dated 5.4.56. (upper left)
Hand painted and glazed ceramic tiles
16 1/4 by 32 1/4 in.
41.2 by 81.9 cm
Executed on April 5, 1956; this work is unique.
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Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Provenance

Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris
Sale: Palais Galliéra, Paris, June 24, 1970, lot 50
Saidenberg Gallery, New York
Hokin Gallery, Inc., Palm Beach
Acquired from the above

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Charpentier, École de Paris, 1956
Chicago, Hokin Gallery, Picasso Ceramics, 1977 (possibly)

Literature

Georges Ramié, Céramique de Picasso, Barcelona, 1974, no. 418, illustrated p. 174

Catalogue Note

After his 1954 split with Françoise Gilot, Picasso bought a new home on the Riviera. It was in this new studio at La Californie where he was most productive in terms of his ceramics practice. From 1956 onwards, Picasso began decorating variously sized tiles. Influenced by traditional Southern French floor coverings, these tiles were diversely themed. Pastorale clearly references the artist's 1946 oil Le Joie de vivre (Pastorale), a triumphant Cubist celebration of life and Western culture in the wake of the end of World War II (see fig. 1), as well as Henri Matisse's Bonheur de vivre. While Picasso was experiencing nascent middle-aged authority and freedom in his work and his personal life, he was also grieving Matisse's death. Significantly, Matisse had in fact introduced him to the art of ceramic. Pastorale's Bacchanalian imagery speaks to the revelry and joy associated with the South of France, but also to the memory of a friend and an artist he rarely openly admired. 

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