Due in part to its abundant supply of distinctive pinkish-red clay, ceramic production in Vallauris dates back to the Roman Empire, when the area was a hub of amphorae production. The undulating form and contrasting colors of Grand vase aux danseurs are reminiscent of the vases of antiquity, mirroring Picasso’s fascination with archaeology at that time. The work’s two instrument players, dancing woman, and hand-standing man that flow across the curved surface of the vessel allude to Greco-Roman mythological creatures. The artist was not only influenced by ancient motifs, but also by the region’s longstanding tradition of pottery. The feeling of freedom working in the Madoura studio and living in the historical roots of the surrounding area continually inspired to inspire Picasso’s late work.
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