This exhibition of ceramics by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) drawn exclusively from NSU Art Museum’s collection, is presented on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death. Picasso’s early 20th-century cubist paintings revolutionized modern painting. A prolific artist, he produced over 50,000 works in a variety of mediums, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Although Spanish-born, he made France his home. Following World War II he met Suzanne and Georges Ramie, the owners of the renowned Madura ceramic workshop in Vallauris, a small seaside town located in the South of France. He became so enthralled with the ceramic medium that he moved to Vallauris in 1947, and remained there until 1955. He continued to experiment with the clay medium for the next 25 years, producing thousands of original and editioned vessels, bowls, and plaques that he transformed into all kinds of beasts and mythological creatures. Inspired by his experience with lithography, Picasso was excited by the possibility of creating ceramic multiples that would enable him to share his vision with a wider audience. This populist sentiment connected him with the artisans he worked with at the factory. He identified with their sense of purpose and the satisfaction they derived from their craft.
Image: Installation image of Picasso Ceramics. Photo by Steven Brooke
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Major support for exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is provided by the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation Endowment, the City of Fort Lauderdale, Wege Foundation, Community Foundation of Broward, Lillian S. Wells Foundation, the Broward County Cultural Division, the Cultural Council, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida through the Division of Arts and Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts, Spirit Charitable Foundation, Fosco Family Foundation, the Moss Foundation. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is accredited by the American Association of Museums.