Vallauris is a stunning coastal village on the Cote D'Azur. It's name is synonymous with pottery and Picasso.
Soon after the war ended Picasso moved to Vallauris - his artistic influence on the village can still be felt today.
He created over 4,000 works of pottery while working closely with his friend Robert Picault (1919-2000) in this idyllic coastal town.
A plate by Picasso made in Vallauris
Each July there is a festival in the village to celebrate Picasso and the artistic impact he made on the region.
Our Picault Collection
The book - Picasso/Picault, Picault/Picasso
For a deeper insight into the friendship between Robert Picault and Pablo Picasso, there is a recent publication by author Sylvie Vautier, Picasso/Picault, Picault/Picasso - A Magic Moment in Vallauris 1948-1953.
"Picasso / Picault, Picault / Picasso: A Magic Moment in Vallauris 1948-1953 is an intimate look at the friendship between ceramicist Robert Picault and Pablo Picasso. Following the war, in an effort to leave a wrecked Paris, a group of artists, including Picasso, went to the coastal town of Vallauris. There he met Picault and the two formed a lasting friendship while collaborating artistically for several years. Examining Picault’s pottery and production as well as the short films Picasso made and Picault photographed through unpublished documents and photographs – the book shows this idyllic moment." Pointed Leaf Press
There is also a feature in the April / May 2017 issue of Côté Sud.
Large clay deposits have made Vallauris famous for pottery since the Gallo-Roman times.
There was a revival of decorative pottery in the 1940's with numerous key creators - the Massier family, Roger Capron, Robert Picault and of course Picasso who, inspired by the turqouise of the Mediterranean created beautiful ceramic pieces.
One of our Robert Picault vases from the 1950's
One of our Vallauris bowls
Our local artisan Julie Armanville JDA studied under Roger Capron and we have many of her characterful sculptures in our collection.
“Monsieur agriculteur” by JDA
Image credit: Vallauris Golfe-Juan, Pinterest, Chez Pluie