picasso / exposition vallauris 1963 & 1964 / 30/096-097

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These are original limited edition posters announcing the Vallauris Ceramics exhibits in 1963 and 1964. They were created by Pablo Picasso and printed in a run of only 313 (?) by Arnéra Printers on archers stock.
In 1946, while visiting the annual pottery exhibition in Vallauris, France, Pablo Picasso met Suzanne and Georges Ramie. The Ramies owned the Madoura workshop, a ceramics studio in Vallauris, where Picasso made his first venture into ceramics. He became so enthralled with ceramics that he decided to move to Vallauris to pursue his new passion. Picasso demonstrated his commitment to civic duty in the town by creating linocut posters for Vallauris’ annual ceramic fairs and bullfights. While his first linocuts were used as posters to advertise the bullfights and ceramic exhibitions in Vallauris, he quickly transformed the linocut medium into a unique form of expression unlike anything the world had every seen, predominantly by placing increased emphasis on colour and form. Picasso was an iconic and important figure in Vallauris’ history. He became a freeman of Vallauris and greatly contributed to the renaissance of the Vallauris pottery industry in the 1950s. These rare original posters are historical but beautiful records of this magical period in which Picasso contributed so much.

(happy to give a discount if anyone were to buy the pair)

• 255 x 475 mm
• 455 x 675 framed - these are currently framed in thin black aluminium
with a black mount - as shown in there final image

• CR: Czwiklitzer 51/53, Bloch 1300/1301.

• signed in the plate

• both in excellent condition, showing only slight wear to the borders - the colour remains strong and bright

• I would prefer to sell as a pair - but please contact me if you on interested in separating them?

* as with all the prints on the website: please call if you require any further information or clarification - details are also in the 'how to buy' section found on the 'home' page - please call or email me.

my details are:
geoffrey powell
122 grove lane
london SE5 8BP
(viewing by appointment only)
t: +44 0 7713399961