Picasso: The challenge of ceramics | SilvanaEditoriale

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I was fortunate enough to spend many hours, virtually alone, exploring the entirety of the Picasso Museum in Paris only 3 years after it opened in 1985. Finally heading downstairs below ground  level I came upon the treasure trove of his ceramics - a dense wonderland of pieces from intimate and experimental to exceptional. I have been captivated since - absolutely wonderful book.

Over a 25-year span, from 1946 to 1971, Pablo Picasso produced a ceramic oeuvre that has slowly become an immensely popular dimension of his vast output. Working at the Madoura pottery in Vallauris, he created thousands of unique works that reflect the abiding importance of this medium for him. Never interested in throwing his own forms on the wheel, Picasso combined a painterly approach with sculptural exploitation of traditional ceramic forms. This book selects 50 ceramic pieces from the Musée national Picasso-Paris alongside pieces from the Museo Int. delle Ceramiche in Faenza that provided direct sources of inspiration for the artist.

  • Softcover
  • 24 x 28 cm
  • 160 pages
  • full-colour illustrations

Meet Pablo Picasso Co-founder of Cubism and one of the originators of Modern art, Pablo Picasso was hugely influential on the development of 20th-century art and worked prolifically across a wide range of media and styles throughout his lifetime. A precocious young artist, Picasso worked in a realist style in his early career, before making a revolutionary turn to more abstracted manner of painting with the breakthrough 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon' (1906-1907) and founding Cubism with fellow artist George Braques shortly thereafter. Following a trip to Italy in 1917, Picasso was inspired by the work he saw by Neoclassical masters and would infuse his own following work with this influence, continuing to combine styles and and work across an impressive range of media for the duration of his career.