The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) welcomed legendary artist and bestselling author Françoise Gilot and art historian Sylvie Vautier for a conversation to celebrate the English release of Vautier’s beautiful first book, Picasso / Picault, Picault / Picasso: A Magic Moment in Vallauris 1948-1953 published by Pointed Leaf Press, New York. Vautier chronicles the incredible friendship between French potter Robert Picault and artist Pablo Picasso during the time they were both living and working in Vallauris.
“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 Examining Picault’s pottery and production as well as the short films Picasso made and Picault photographed through unpublished documents and photographs – the book shows this idyllic moment.” — Pointed Leaf Press