Woman with Flowery Hat / Femme au chapeau fleuri (A. R. 521)
Terracotta plaque with black glaze.
13 x 10 in / 33 x 25.5 cm
Stamped MADOURA PLEIN FEU/ EMPREINTE ORIGINALE DE PICASSO and numbered 62/100 on the reverse.
Conceived in 1964 and executed in a numbered edition of 100
- Georges RAMIE, Picasso’s Ceramics, ill. p. 254, n.635.
- Alain RAMIE, Picasso, Catalogue of the edited ceramic works 1947-1971, ill. p.260, n.521
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: “Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art,” April 27–August 1, 2010, no. C3. [another number exhibited].
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: “Picasso Linoleum Cuts: The Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kramer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” March 7–May 12, 1985, unnumbered cat. (pl. 148). [another number exhibited]
This work belongs to a series of seven terracotta plaques that Picasso produced at the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris in 1964 with the Ramié’s. Each was produced from a plaster cast of an earlier linoleum block carved to create linocuts (with the local printmaker Hidalgo Arnéra).
Five of this series of seven plaques depict the artist’s second and last wife Jacqueline. He met her in 1952 at Madoura where she came to work and married her in 1961 in Vallauris. He created over 400 portraits of her, more than any of his other lovers.
The superb texture of this work, with the fine, vigorous carving and the linocut style of mark-making that emphasize the strong dark features of Picasso’s muse, is strongly reminiscent of the artist’s cubist roots.
Recent auction result at Sotheby’s London, 18 June 2020, lot 131: 35,000 GBP ($44,000) https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/the-world-of-picasso/pablo-picasso-femme-au-chapeau-fleuri-a-r-521?locale=en