Picasso Ceramics

10 March 2020

April French Furnell

18 March – 16 May 2020

A new exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s ceramics opens in March at Huxley-Parlour Gallery with pieces ranging from £5,500 to £70,000. It is believed to be the first time the artist’s ceramics will be exhibited as a solo show in a commercial gallery in London. 

Picasso’s ceramic works have generated significant interest in recent years. With subjects varying from Greek mythological figures, animals, faces and even scenes of the Spanish corrida, his pieces are united by an accessible and playful aesthetic that carries the recognisable hand of Picasso. The selection exhibited at Huxley-Parlour, featuring female muses, faces and curious animals in unique designs and unusual shapes, speaks to the variety of the artist’s practice and its enduring appeal over time.

Picasso’s ceramics are predominantly the result of a 25-year collaboration with the Madoura Pottery workshop in Vallauris, where he met his muse and second wife Jacqueline Roque. During this period, which spanned from 1946 to his death in 1973, he produced over 600 pieces, originating from more than 3,500 ceramic designs. Intended to be accessible and easily affordable, Picasso created editions of up to 500 pieces, the result of a prolific practice and continuously evolving style. 

From elegant plates and platters to intricate and imaginative pitchers and vases, the pieces exhibited will reveal the breadth of the artist’s innovative practice in clay. Works of note include a delicate white plate depicting the profile of Jacqueline Roque, and a number of his decorated statuettes of owls. Further whimsical and unusual pieces include Figure de Proue, a white ceramic vessel colourfully glazed and shaped to resemble a figurehead found on the bow of a ship, and Pichet a Glace, which takes on human features and is recognisable due to its bulbous spout, short round handle and opening for filling water.

The exhibited ceramics largely date from the early 1950s and measure between 9 and 15 inches in height or length.

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