Pablo Picasso, ‘Vallauris 1956’, 1956, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Vallauris 1956’, 1956, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Vallauris 1956’, 1956, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Note: This item was made also in colour.
Georges Bloch stated of Picasso’s ceramic works, ‘…in approach, material and technique is as novel as it is interesting. Pottery, gleaming white discs with relief designs, monochrome or brightly coloured ovals, dishes and even jugs and vases here serve as bearers of compositions whose themes express the joyous, life-loving side of Picasso’s work. They are printed from blocks and stamps fashioned by the master over a period of more than twenty years in the Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris.”

Signature: MADOURA PLEIN FLEU stamp verso

Manufacturer: Madoura Potteries, France

Vallauris: Galerie Madoura - AR 330
Mallen, Enrique, ed. Online Picasso Project. Sam Houston State University. 1997-2017. (56:050)

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France