VALLAURIS – 1956 / EXPOSITION

Pablo Picasso
VALLAURIS – 1956 / EXPOSITION
Linocut
1956

An original hand-signed Pablo Picasso Linocut print.

1956

Hand-signed in blue crayon below the image lower right Picasso, also signed in the block also lower right.

One of 51 artist’s proof impressons of the definitive state, apart from the numbered edition of 200. Published by the Vllauris Potters Association, printed by Hidalgo Arnéra, Vallauris, 1956.

Catalog: Bloch 1271; Czwiklitzer 19; Rodrigo 48; Berggruen 368; McVinney 128.

26 x 21 inches

Sheet Size: 38 x 25 inches

Almost all of Picasso’s artistically most ambitious posters – in the linoleum-cut technique – were created for Vallauris, a town noted for its ceramics located in the Antibes hinterland near the Côte a’Azur.  Picasso lived there from 1948 through 1954, and created numerous ceramic pieces which were produced by local potters in small limited editions.  This activity materially contributed to the economic recovery of Vallauris after the war.  In order to promote sales of its typical products – ceramics, flowers, perfumes – the artist devoted himself to publicity campaigns, designing a new poster for every summer season from 1948 to 1964.  In addition to typical Vallauris products, the posters evince motifs, such as the faun’s, satyr’s and goat’s heads also found in Picasso ceramics.  These motifs, derived from ancient mythology, stand for the idea of a simple and happy life in harmony with nature – the idea of a primal, earthly paradise.

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