Pablo Picasso is probably the best painter of the 20th century, but how about his work as a potter? He is simply the best! Ten things you should know.
The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) always loved Iberian ceramics. Bulls, women, owls, fishes and moons are recurring themes in his work as well as the strong colorful of the Mediterranean Sea. Later, he was also strongly influenced by African ceramics.
Picasso started creating ceramic works at the end of the 1940s. Then, he visited Vallauris, on the French Riviera in the South of France, for the annual pottery exhibition in 1946. In the Madoura factory, he met Suzanne and Georges Ramié, who welcomed him into their workshop. This collaboration with the local ceramicists spanned 25 years.
Picasso initially found that working with clay was absolutely relaxing. He began with simple utilitarian objects, such as plates and bowls. Afterwards, he created more ambitious vases, where the handles became facial or anatomical parts of the figures.
Pablo Picasso loved painting on any type of ceramic art, such as terra cotta plates, animal or human ceramic figures and even tiles.
Of course, cubism influences can be clearly seen in his pottery work too. He needed to dismember a figure and focus on each single part to study it accurately, from different points of view.
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At the Madoura factory, the artist also met Jacqueline Roque, who would become his second wife in 1961, and his final love. By this time, Picasso had constructed a huge Gothic home, and could afford large villas in the south of France. He was an international celebrity, with often as much interest in his personal life as his art.
Thus, he could make major art museums donations. For example, to the National Museum in Warsaw in Poland.
Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 2,880 ceramics.
Some of his most famous ceramic works are: Corrida, a plate with a bold white background and a black representation of this typical Spanish show. And Quatre Profils Enlaces, which represents a face seen from four different angles. The background is white and the representation is under the Cubism influences.
The value of his ceramic work has been steadily increasing.
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Video: Highlights from The Madoura Collection of Picasso Ceramics.