Pablo Picasso, ‘Bulls, Suns and Foliage ’, 1950, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Bulls, Suns and Foliage ’, 1950, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Published by: The Institute of Contemporary Arts
Note: Artists had played a minor role in textile design in the early 1950’s but this was changed when in 1952 the ICA became involved in encouraging this oeuvre. Picasso made a gift to his friend Roland Penrose, a director of the ICA, of a design for this Limited Edition silk headscarf to raise funds for the newly formed Institute. The “Bulls and Sunflowers” design was originally drawn by the artist in the ICA visitors book in 1950. It was later used for a design of some graphic works and for the cover of the Institutes exhibition of Picasso drawings held to commemorate the artist’s 70th birthday in 1951. These items are rare today because the survival rate has not been high. Our example, in extremely good condition, has fine fresh colours.
The concept of artists designed textiles became a popular one and was the subject of a recent exhibition of works in the Design Museum. Certain artists, including Picasso, Dali, Miro, and a coterie of British Artists such as Moore, Sutherland, Nicholson and Gear became quite involved in promoting this line of artistic endeavour. The oeuvre was associated with Fashion Design and built on the work original promoted by “The Ascher Project” of the 1940’s when a number of prominent artists had designed the celebrated “Artists squares”. This slightly later work was not part of that project but was, indeed, also made by Ascher.
Condition: Folds and stains as would be expected in an object of this age and type.
Edition: This is from an unnumbered Limited Edition of 100.

Signature: printed signature

Manufacturer: Ascher

Fashion and textiles Museum, Bermondsey

Rayner, Chamberlain and Stapleton “Artists textiles in Britain” - illustrated and described on page 49.
Rayner, Chamberlain and Stapleton “Textile Design “Artists Textiles 1940 - 1976” Illustrated and described on
page 87

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France