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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) has been recognized as one of the leading painters, sculptors and graphic artists of the 20th century. Picasso was long intrigued by ceramics. In 1946, he became acquainted with Georges and Suzanne Ramie who owned and operated the Madoura pottery studio in Vallauris, France. After seeing the works of the Madoura potters, he asked the Ramies to provide him with the opportunity to work with ceramics. They willingly agreed, and in exchange for the studio space, Picasso agreed to allow the Ramies to produce limited editions of his ceramics.
This exhibition includes plates, bowls, pitchers, vases, and plaques, plus posters from previous Picasso ceramics exhibitions and photographs of Picasso at work in the Madoura pottery workshop. Picasso created this selection of 65 ceramic works between 1947 and 1971, in collaboration with the Ramies and the artisans at their Madoura workshop.
Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics from the Edward and Ann Weston Collection, Los Angeles, CA is organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, CA.
Curated by George Nordland, independent curator
Circulated by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles
Funded in part by FMC Corporation, Shell Exploration and Production Company, and the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum.
Top: Picasso, Large Bird, 1953, Big turned vase, 57 x 46.5 x 39.5 cm, Edition: 75
Center: Picasso, Pitcher with Arms, 1953, Turned pitcher, 30 x 18 cm, Edition: 350
Bottom: Picasso, Vase with Two High Handles (Queen), 1953, Turned vase, 39 x 37.5 cm, Edition: 400