Pablo Picasso constantly explored opportunities to break creative boundaries and challenge himself in innovative ways. In 1946, he was introduced to the Madoura Pottery workshop in Vallauris, France, and began working with the owners of the atelier, Suzanne and George Ramié, in the following year. This encounter was the starting point for his exploration of a new creative medium that would show his full versatility as an artist and blend his interests in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Finding himself particularly suited to the medium, over the coming years he produced several thousand unique works, some of which were used as models for the ceramic editions that Madoura issued from 1948 until the end of Picasso’s life.
Picasso’s ceramics convey spontaneity and vibrancy and show his ability to reinterpret a traditional craft through his own language. Many of his life-long interests and motifs found new expression in clay. This selection of over 100 ceramics includes plates, vases, pitchers, bowls and tiles depicting a range of classical and mythical forms, bullfighting, and portraits of animals and humans.
This important single-owner collection provides a good overview of Picasso’s ceramics and illustrates the full scope of the artist’s experimentation with the medium.