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Angry Owl, 1950, Vallauris. Cast white clay, decorated with red slip under glaze; black-slip patina applied after firing, 11-1/4 x 11-3/4 x 12-5/8 in. (28.5 x 30 x 32).

True to himself, Picasso abolished limits, working both as a ceramist and a sculptor when he modeled his own pieces, as a painter and a sculptor through his experiments with glazes. Sometimes he used traditional wares as his support; and sometimes he worked with mass-produced objects or discards; and sometimes he sculpted his figures out of raw clay, creating a whole little population of Mediterranean gods and goddesses. Picassos paganism and profane grandeur, characteristic of an artist for whom art was everything but a religion, expressed themselves more clearly in ceramic than anywhere else.


Angry Owl, 1950, Vallauris. Cast white clay, decorated with red slip under glaze; black-slip patina applied after firing, 11-1/4 x 11-3/4 x 12-5/8 in. (28.5 x 30 x 32).True to himself, Picasso abolished limits, working both as a ceramist and a sculptor when he modeled his own pieces, as a painter and a sculptor through his experiments with glazes. Sometimes he used traditional wares as his support; and sometimes he worked with mass-produced objects or discards; and sometimes he sculpted his figures out of raw clay, creating a whole little population of Mediterranean gods and goddesses. Picassos paganism and profane grandeur, characteristic of an artist for whom art was everything but a religion, expressed themselves more clearly in ceramic than anywhere else.