Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) signed Vallauris 1952 Exhibition Poster, 1956, linocut in colors on Arches watermarked paper, signed lower right in red crayon and in the plate, and numbered lower left 29/200 in pencil. Publisher: Association des Potiers de Vallauris, France: Literature: Bloch 1271, Baier 1042 B. Housed under glass in metallic and stained wood frame. 39" x 25 3/4" sight, 40" x 27" framed. Provenance: Private Birmingham, Alabama collection. Note: In 1946, Picasso visited the annual pottery exhibition at Villauris, a town in the south of France renowned for its ceramics. There, he met Suzanne and Georges Ramie, owners of the Madoura Workshop. Picasso became so enamoured of ceramics that he moved to Villauris and lived there from 1948 to 1955. During this time, he created many sculptures and ceramics in collaboration with the Madoura Pottery; he also developed a fascination for the linocut process, which was used to produce this poster. Provenance: Private Alabama collection. CONDITION: Allover even toning, some fading to signature, light handling creases and rippling, small loss upper right corner.
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