Saturday, November 11, 2006

VENICE - Palazzo Grassi
Picasso - La Joie de Vivre 1945-1948 exhibition. In the south of France, Picasso discovered pottery. Intoxicated by this new terrain for artistic exploration, in one year, he produced more than two thousand pieces. There are eighty of these at Palazzo Grassi. Fauns, bills, jugs in forms of women, owl vases, the Condor (1947/1948), shown above... His son Claude, then aged two, recalls "It was spellbinding to see my father's hands take hold of any pitcher that had just been thrown and twist its neck, apply a little pressure and squashing here and there at high speed, without any hesitation, produce a woman or a pigeon."
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