A new facet of Pablo Picasso’s artistic repertoire is taking over the international art market – his ceramics

Acknowledged as one of the most revolutionary artists of this century – and also among the most widely documented – Pablo Picasso’s iconic paintings are essential acquisitions for most serious collectors of art. A different facet of his repertoire, however, has been taking over the international art market recently –
his ceramics.
Sotheby’s recent sale of Important Ceramics by Pablo Picasso in London raised a total of £1,040,725 (as against an estimated £553,100 – £805,500), with all but one of the 86 lots offered finding buyers. The auction was led by the exquisite Gros oiseau visage noir and the bold Taureau, which sold respectively for £125,000 and £100,000. With estimates ranging from £1,000 to £100,000, 85% of the pieces sold achieved prices above their high estimates, a testament to their enduring appeal.
A sculptor par excellence, Picasso began his ceramic oeuvre in 1947 at the Madoura Pottery in the South of France, when he was 66 years old. The medium was largely new
to him, but he recognised the potential of this traditional craft and set
about moulding it, as it were, to formulate an expression of his own creative brilliance.
As he set about learning and challenging the techniques of the ceramicist’s art, he reinterpreted it with his characteristic spontaneity and created an array of objects – zoomorphic jugs, vases, plates and salvers emblazoned with scenes and faces. Drawing upon subjects ranging from still lifes to bullfights, his ceramic canvas is animated by a lively cast of characters too: a mistress and a wife, lovers and clowns, dancers and musicians, centaurs and fauns, birds and fish, and more. These join many sculpted and painted ceramics that celebrate the female form — nude and clothed, standing and seated.


Iconic Swedish camera-maker Hasselblad has launched the compact, mirrorless X1D – a DSLR photographer’s dream!

For a lover of the lens, a new DSLR camera launch can be akin to a window that ushers in new horizons in the craft of photography. And when that new launch comes from Hasselblad, arguably among the most reputed and sought-after camera manufacturers in the world, expectations tend to reach for the azure skies.
At less than half the weight of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless X1D is inspired by the Swedish manufacturer’s revered design heritage and is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unique to itself. With a mirrorless design, Hasselblad has packed a 50MP CMOS sensor into a footprint smaller than most full-frame 35mm cameras. It is, quite literally, small enough – no larger than a small format rangefinder – to take anywhere and powerful enough to capture anything.
The camera’s high-resolution rear LCD offers touch control for every aspect of its features and the icon-based user interface expedites access to customisation options as well as playback functions such as swipe and pinch to zoom. The X1D also boasts a 2.4 MP electronic viewfinder for perfect captures even within low lighting conditions. It can capture up to 14 stops of dynamic range, making way for unprecedented, stunning detail – from the deepest of shadows to the brightest of highlights.
And as if the all-new camera design wasn’t enough, Hasselblad has also created a new range of autofocus lenses specifically engineered to match the high resolution capability of the X1D! These new XCD lenses deliver edge-to-edge sharpness in a compact
form to match the slim build of the camera’s body.
Completely handmade, the X1D aims to combine Scandinavian sensibilities with impeccable performance, offering you the ultimate DSLR experience.

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