Thursday, January 14, 2010

Still Life of Fruit, Mangos on a French Plate, Kim Blair

Mangos on a French Plate... a plate we purchased (many years ago) in the quaint French village/town called Vallarius, near Cannes, along the French Riviera.  Vallarius has been a centre for pottery making for thousands of years.  Since Roman times it has had a reputation for crafting fine ceramics, but it was Picasso who put it back on the road to financial recovery after World War II.  He visited the town for an exhibition and tried his hand at some pottery techniques, and then from 1946 to 1948 he visited the town to work with the local potters.  The Ceramic industry needed some fresh ideas because the popularity of plastics was taking a large chunk out of the town's income.  Picasso remained a potter as well as a painter, sculptor and printmaker, making over 4000 unique ceramic pieces until his death in 1973.

A little bit of French culture for your home (and wall)...

8x10 oil on canvas

1 comment:

Mary Anne Cary said...

I love the colors and composition in this. Nice painting.