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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
LOT ID: 84542
Picador, 1953

Ceramic, partially glazed ceramic bowl
6.5 х 6.5 х 1.97 in. (16.51 x 16.51 x 5 cm.)
Inscribed, and numbered "Edition Picasso Madoura 2/500" on underside.
Edition 2/500
Foundry/Publisher Ed. Picasso, Madoura plein feu ed.
Lot description
The symbol of the bull is a frequently recurring image in Picasso's work across mediums. Picasso’s ‘bull’ serves as a vehicle conveying several metaphorical messages: nationalistic representation of Spain, commentary on brutality and fascism, an avatar for his own self-image. Through his construction and representation of the bull, Picasso emphasized the importance of symbolic meaning rather than technical ability.

"Picador" features two bullfighters (one on foot, the other on horseback) and a bull in the center of a small turned bowl of red earthenware. It is decorated with enamel, paraffin, glaze, and engobes, which consists of a fine clay mixed with coloring oxides. This work was exhibited as part of the "Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics from the Edward Weston Collection" 10 Year National Museum Tour. A catalog with exhibition history will be included.
Picador by Pablo Picasso
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