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Pablo Picasso

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earthenware, painted, partially glazed
1955
31,5 x 10,5 cm / 12 3/8 x 4 1/8 in.
underside with blindstamp 'Madoura plein feu', inscribed with brush 'Edition Picasso' edition of 500

In the summer of 1946, Pablo Picasso was in Antibes and visited the annual ceramic exhibition in Vallauris, where he got to know Suzanne and George Ramié, who ran the Madoura pottery workshop there. He visited the workshop and modelled three ceramic pieces – and his interest in ceramics as a material and painting surface was awakened. When he returned a year later, he had an entire folder of drafts with him, which he now wanted to realise. He was given his own workplace in the Ramié's workshop. He modelled his own sculptures or used plates, vases or jugs thrown for him, which he often formed by hand, and scratched and painted with his typical motifs, such as female nude, fauns and bullfighting scenes, owls, goats and fish. In 1948, together with Françoise Gilot, he moved to Vallauris. Picasso enjoyed being part of an ancient tradition and of creating objects which could be used. He proudly told his friend André Malraux: "I have made plates from which you can eat!" In return for having access at all times to the workshop, the material, the kiln and the masters’ expertise, Picasso reached an agreement with the Ramiés that they should produce and sell certain of his original works as an edition. In the beginning, Suzanne Ramié personally painted the ceramics editions from Picasso’s originals. Provenance available

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