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Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
‘Pêcheur à la Ligne’
Medium: Round Cupel ceramic, 1955, red earthenware clay, Black enamel underside,. dated ‘6.4.55.’ (in reverse; lower centre); stamped ‘Madoura Empreinte Originale de Picasso’ (underneath)
Ramié, A. (1988) Picasso Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 262 on pg. 137.
Bloch, Georges, Picasso Tome III Catalogue de l’oeuvre grave céramique 1949-1971, 1972, listed as catalogue no 53 on pg. 54.
Manufactured by: Madoura Potteries, France
Size: Diameter: 18 cms; Height: 7 cms
Edition: Executed in an edition of 100. These were never numbered.
Provenance: 27/10/2005 Christies sale 5819, Lot 172
Private Collection, UK
Note: This item was created also in red earthenware clay (See Ramie 263) .
Capturing a moment of quiet relaxation, Picasso depicts a fisherman sitting along the shoreline with his back turned to the viewer. A graceful, arced tree provides minimal shade for this fisherman, who appears blissfully content, engaged in his activity. Picasso creates a beautifully balanced composition, placing the fisherman at the centre of the piece and enveloping him in curved lines – those of the tree to the left and his fishing line to the right. Picasso exemplifies his mastery of texture and contrast, for the brown lines and forms, highlighted by a faint turquoise, are raised slightly above the glossy background surface. The dark form of the fisherman clearly stands out against the smooth, shimmering white background, adding an extra element of contrast to the work.