Femme Couchette (Owl Woman)

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Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881 - 1973

Femme Couchette (Owl Woman), 1948

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Porcelain with black and white glazes

Dimensions: 11 5/8 × 4 5/16 in. (29.5 × 11 cm)

Bequest of Mary Mallery Davis, 1990.47

Regarded as one of the most influential artists responsible for revolutionary developments in painting, Picasso spent over 25 years creating ceramics. While spending time in Vallauris, France, Picasso was introduced to the Madoura pottery workshop. The owners welcomed him into their studio and began producing and selling his ceramic vessels, plates, and sculptures. His subjects included mythological figures, animal shapes, and face motifs, among others. This vase shape was originally created to depict an owl but with a few simple brushstrokes Picasso transforms the form into a female bust.

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