Pablo Picasso created ceramic works between 1937 and 1971, including 633 different editions. This plate’s decoration of interlacing heads in profile is characteristic of the rustic charm of many of Picasso’s ceramic objects, which, like his prints, helped make the art of one of the most famous mid-century artists more affordable for aspiring collectors. To many of his contemporaries, Picasso epitomized human creativity. The use of abstracted, crystalline forms, which Picasso had pioneered as an inventor of Cubism in the early years of the century, was at this time a distant memory. In the late 1940s, Picasso used editions in ceramics and in print to cater to middle-class art lovers who embraced the playful, colorful humanism in their desire to leave behind the oppressive memories of World War II.
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