Paco DURRIO (1869-1940)

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35000 - 45000 EUR
Paco DURRIO (1869-1940)
Grotesque head
Rare and exceptional enamelled stoneware pot with thick olive green ribbed cover.
Signed with the stamp in hollow of Paco Durrio.
Unique piece, created in 1895 and executed around 1918 by Durrio.
H: 20.5 / W: 24 / D: 13 cm.

"Sculpture and Ceramics of Paul Gauguin", Christopher Gray, Hacker Art Books, new york, 1980, p 248, n°114, for a similar example by Paul Gauguin executed by Ernest Chaplet.

Paul Gauguin had given his approval for several of his models. When Ernest Chaplet died (1909), Paco Durrio recovered some of them.

Paco Durrio's works are rare on the market; they are in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, the Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao and the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid.
Between 1901 and 1904, Paco Durrio lived in the Bateau-Lavoir where he received his compatriots without lodging. He gave up his studio to Picasso and moved into a hut in the Maquis, at Impasse Girardon."He was a great artist and a very small man. His size was almost that of a child," writes André Warnod. As he was very modest, we know little of his work, which was however remarkable. In his kiln, he fired pottery, ceramics, and he chiseled jewels...".
Having come to Paris at a very young age, he knew Gauguin and piously kept the portrait of his mother painted by the Tahitian master. He was the vigilant guardian of several of Gauguin's moulds, heads and other subjects published in very small numbers with the talented Ernest Chaplet.After Chaplet's death in 1909, he allowed himself, with Gauguin's agreement, to print sandstone proofs with personal covers, and even signed some of them.
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