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SOFA Chicago Nov 2nd – Nov 5th 2017
Pablo Picasso Ceramics Exhibition November 1st – January 5th
Pablo Picasso Ceramics are an amazing display of Picasso’s immense artistic talent and ingenuity. Picasso began experimenting with the ceramic medium in 1946 when he met Georges Suzanne Ramié at their Madoura Pottery studio in Vallauris, France. Picasso was vacationing in the area and during that first visit created three small ceramic pieces. He returned a year later in 1947 to start fiercely learning and creating what are now called Picasso Ceramics. It was a time of great artistic production for him, combining his painting and sculptural knowledge onto a new medium.
Picasso made a wide variety of ceramics: round plates, oval plates, large plaques, small vases, large vases, and some unconventional vases. Though he usually painted on ceramics that Suzanne Ramié had designed, he sometimes partnered with her to realize his own designs.
Many of the same motifs that show up in his greater oeuvre are present in his ceramic body of work as well. Women, a great source of inspiration in Picasso’s life, are placed many times on vases. He paints the woman onto the vase, forming her to the shape of the vase and giving a sculptural quality to a utilitarian object. He does the same with the owls that are common in his ceramics, turning the vase into an owl instead of simply painting upon the surface of a vase. Other animal show up in his ceramics as well, in particular goats and fish. Goats have been part of his fascination with the pastoral, and depiction of fish on pottery goes much further back to the time of the Ancient Greeks. Bull fighting is often depicted on Picasso’s plates – this narrative both fits with the Picasso’s interest, as well as with the form of the plates themselves, which mirror bullfighting rings.
Read our guide: Collecting Pablo Picasso Ceramics
Familiarize Yourself with the Official Pablo Picasso Ceramic Stamps and Markings
Pablo Picasso and his Muses: The Inspiration behind His Works