In 1946, while vacationing in the south of France, Pablo Picasso decided to visit Vallauris, a small village known for its collection of potters who had relocated after World War II. He was so entranced by their annual exhibition that he abandoned his summer vacation to work side by side with the Vallauris potters at the Madoura Pottery workshop. He sculpted three figures – a faun and two bulls – and then returned home to Paris.
Enchanted by his summertime experiences, he spent the winter sketching designs of Greek mythology, and one year later, he eagerly returned to an open workshop. While learning the craft of the surrounding potters, he imparted his designs to them. The results were beautifully rendered serving platters, pitchers, and vases depicting powerful images of mythological creatures and humans. Due to the influence of Picasso, Vallauris experienced an explosion of popularity and production.Today, the town remains at the forefront of ceramics production in Europe.
Ramie, Georges. Ceramics of Picasso. Barcelona: Ediciones Poligrafa, 1985.
In the October 17, 2010 Modern Art & Design auction, we are pleased to offer six impressive ceramic forms by Picasso. Ranging from his very first one (Ramie #1) “Diaulos Player” dating from 1947, to a relatively later and more mature form (Ramie #512) “Man’s Face” from 1966.
– Paul DesMarais, Contributing Writer
To bid on these Picasso Ceramics please visit the Current Auction page on our website. Lots will be available online for viewing on September 28, 2010.