Vallauris, January 1, 1951
Storage vessel: white earthenware, thrown (attached elements), incised, painted with slips and oxides, glazed
42 x 35 x 26 cm
Museo Picasso Málaga. Gift of Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. MPM2.143
In the south of France, Picasso becomes fascinated with the local pottery tradition. Like the artists of the contemporary School of Altamira, he looked back to the prehistoric cave painters who used earth, bone and fire to create art. Other paintings recorded the houses and landscapes that cradled his late work.
‘Ceramics works like printmaking. The firing is the printing. At that precise moment you realise what you have done. When you receive the proof print, you are no longer the same person who etched the plate. You have changed. You have to go back to the printing plate. But with ceramics, there is no going back.’
[Picasso quoted by Pierre Daix, Le nouveau dictionnaire Picasso, Paris, Robert Laffont, 2012, p. 168]
What was happening in 1951?
- Picasso paints Massacre in Korea to protest the war.
- Seoul is bombed during the Korean War.
- The United Nations headquarters, designed by Le Corbusier, are inaugurated in New York.
- Florence Chadwick swims from England to France, becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.