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Picasso: Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection

York Art Gallery

28 Jul - 5 Nov 2017

Born in Malaga, Spain, where there is a long tradition of painted earthenware ceramics, Picasso became interested in pottery as a child, but it was not until he was 65 that he began his own exploration of clay. The artist then concentrated almost exclusively on pottery for a period, producing more than 2,800 ceramic works. Lord and Lady Attenborough began collecting ceramics by Picasso in 1954 and continued to do so for more than 50 years, building one of the most significant private collections in the UK. The exhibition is presented at the Centre of Ceramic Art, surrounded by examples of ceramic work by more than 600 artists, including those key to the founding of the British Studio Ceramics movement. Find out more about the ‘Picasso Ceramics’ exhibition from the York Art Gallery.

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Standing Nudes (1948), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Standing Nudes (1948), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Heads of Women, Aztec Vase (1957), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Heads of Women, Aztec Vase (1957), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Head of Goat (1950), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Head of Goat (1950), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Head of Faun (1956), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Head of Faun (1956), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Four Enlaced Profiles (1949), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy of the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

Four Enlaced Profiles (1949), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017; courtesy the Estate of Lord and Lady Attenborough

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