Maya Widmaier-Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Claude Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
In 1947, Picasso began a partnership with the Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris in the south of France. The artist was fascinated with the fact that pottery "could fulfill both traditional functions and artistic purposes, while its properties permitted him to combine painting, sculpture and engraving" (M. McCully, Ceramics by Picasso, Paris, 1999, vol. I, p. 9). His interest in the medium developed quickly and would remain for the rest of his life. Picasso would single-handedly become responsible for reviving the pottery industry in Vallauris, which had fallen on hard times after the Second World War.
The present lot depicts a landscape painted in the south of France, likely Vallauris, where Picasso lived between 1948 and 1955. There, he met Jacqueline Roque, who would eventually become his muse and second wife. This ceramic is known to have been a part of Jacqueline's family collection until it was sold in 1999 following Hammer Galleries' exhibition Picasso, Unique Ceramics from the Estate of Jacqueline Picasso.