Pablo Picasso, ‘Corrida sur Fond Noir ’, 1953, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Corrida sur Fond Noir ’, 1953, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Corrida sur Fond Noir ’, 1953, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Edition: Conceived on 25 September 1953 and executed in an edition of 500. These were never numbered.
Note: The imagery in this ceramic reflects Picasso's continued interest in the primal and masculine interactions between men and bulls. The ceramic medium allows for a wonderful three-dimensional effect, as the delicate line work brings movement and life to each character. Positioned against a black background, the bull and picador face off. The outlines of both the picador and the bull are coloured in white. Behind them, small dots make out what is perceived as the audience. Viewers are made aware of the tension between the two figures as the bull readies its horns. Picasso was quite intrigued by the subject of the bull. As one author states, "In the work of Picasso, the bull is like one of those Spanish rivers, turbulent and agitated, which lose themselves among the brambles, rocks, and reeds, only to reappear later at some other place further on, in plain sight. There are times when it appears that the bull is adumbrated even in the 'figures' of the painter, figures as profound as they are debatable and enigmatic"

Signature: Madoura stamp

Manufacturer: Madoura Potteries, France

Ramié, Alain.(AR) 1988. Picasso: catalogue de l'oeuvre céramique édité 1947-1971.
Vallauris: Galerie Madoura - AR 198 (page 199)
Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University.
1997-2016. (71:375)

Private European Collection

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