Marseille: ceramics and drawings by Picasso at the Pentcheffs

Marseille: ceramics and drawings by Picasso at the Pentcheffs
Marseille: ceramics and drawings by Picasso at the Pentcheffs

At the end of the war, Picasso visited with interest the annual exhibition of the potters of Vallauris (Alpes-Maritimes), and it was there, on the southern coast still full of centuries-old myths, that ceramics would establish themselves in his work. . The artist is both demiurge and simple worker in the Madoura workshop (for Maison Doully-Ramié) of the ceramist couple Suzanne and Georges, where he experiments and becomes intoxicated with this novelty. “From 1946, Picasso gave a second life to this village of potters for several centuriescomments Alexis Pentcheff. He produced between 2,000 and 3,000 pieces over ten years and, to thank the couple, gave them authorization to publish 633 pieces.

The exhibition brings together around forty ceramics, all for sale: unique pieces (including the portrait of his then wife Jacqueline Roque) and editions made in the workshop based on models designed by the artist, up to ‘when it closed in 2008. Shaped pieces, pitchers, dishes, jars and other plates, like an echo of the Mediterranean and the ancient tradition of pottery, are elegantly highlighted. How to authenticate these ceramics? “The Ramié family created a huge catalog, Le Ramié, which lists all the editions, numbered, it was very controlled, this is why the pieces continue to have a significant value, even increasingindicates Giulia Pentcheff. Picasso was next to the turner and, when the pieces were still malleable, he sometimes gave them a new shape, before decorating them… He studied the Louvre’s collection of antique ceramics a lot.

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