Picasso/Picault, Picault/Picasso

A Magic Moment in Vallauris 1948-1953
By Sylvie Vautier

November 2016
ISBN: 978-1-938461-33-0
220 Pages / Over 190 Illustrations

$80 USD

The redesign of ceramic kitchenware would cement Picault’s reputation. His pottery shop was next to Picasso’s studio in Vallauris.

Picault works at his potter’s wheel in his studio in Vallauris.

The designs of these animal-shaped vases are reminiscent of Picasso’s ceramics, that he made at Madoura, the pottery established in Vallauris in 1938 by the ceramicist Suzanne and her husband Georges Ramié.

The pieces were all painted following models, but entirely by hand, which makes each piece unique. The presentation in the sales catalog encouraged the customer to mix and match patterns in order to create customized sets.

These images perfectly sum up Picault’s concept: a combination of timeless shapes and simple motifs. Picault created a style very much his own, one that is still sought after by collectors throughout the world.


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 Examining Picault’s pottery and production as well as the short films Picasso made and Picault photographed through unpublished documents and photographs – the book shows this idyllic moment.

About the Author

French art historian, Sylvie Vautier graduated from the Ecole du Louvre, in Paris with majors in the history of art and museology. Her recent publication is the text for the catalog exhibition of Picasso, A Genius Without a Pedestal at MUCEM, the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations in Marseilles, France. Vautier lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Picasso/Picault Picault/ Picasso is her first book.


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