Pablo Picasso, ‘Laughing-Eyed Face (Visage aux Yeux Rieurs)’, 1969, Rago
Pablo Picasso, ‘Laughing-Eyed Face (Visage aux Yeux Rieurs)’, 1969, Rago
Pablo Picasso, ‘Laughing-Eyed Face (Visage aux Yeux Rieurs)’, 1969, Rago

Paired with Dale Chihuly

Pablo Picasso first visited the Madoura workshop in 1946, after meeting owners Suzanne and Georges Ramie at an annual pottery exhibition in Vallauris, France. It was the start of a fruitful partnership that would last over twenty-five years. During that time, Picasso designed over 600 pieces encompassing his favorite subjects—women, faces, bullfights, and nature—which were either designated as originals or replicated by Madoura artisans in editions of 25 to 200. A sensational collection of his sculpture, including ceramics, was presented in the exhibition “Picasso Sculpture” (2015–2016) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and is currently open at the Musée Picasso, Paris.

Condition: Professional restoration: two stabilized cracks and one repaired chip to handle, one repaired chip to rim. Tight firing line from base of handle into body (approx. 4"), in making of.

Signature: Impressed MADOURA PLEIN FEU EDITION PICASSO, incised EDITION PICASSO 215/350 MADOURA R-137

Alain Ramie, "Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947-1971," 1988, p. 292, no. 608

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