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Lot 3: AGARD JULES (1905 -1986)Platinum House
September 25, 2012
Paris, FranceLive Auction
AGARD Jules (1905 -1986)
Vase sculpture de femme.
Terre de Vallauris, signature manuscrite incisée en bas de la pièce.
Haut. : 52 cm.
Vallauris is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is located in the metropolitan area of Sophia-Antipolis, and is today effectively an extension of the town of Antibes, bordering it on its west side.
In 1948 Picasso came to live in Vallauris, where he stayed until 1955. During his time in the town, he created a great many sculptures and paintings including War and Peace, one of the major artworks of the period. He also developed a fascination for the two techniques of ceramics and linocuts. A freeman of the town, Picasso greatly contributed to the renaissance of the Vallauris pottery industry in the 1950s, this legendary golden age when everyone was a potter, including famous ceramicists Roger Capron and Charles Voltz. Many inhabitants still evoke his presence and that of his contemporaries (Françoise Gilot and her children Claude and Paloma, then Jacqueline Roque, his last partner whom he married amid the greatest secrecy at Vallauris town hall in 1961), the bullfights, exhibitions and visits by all kinds of famous people.
Golfe-Juan is a seaside town, part of the commune of Vallauris.
Literature: Jules Agard was a local potter in Vallauris in the south of France where the soil was especially rich in minerals. He was also a friend of the Madoura Pottery owners George and Suzanne Ramie. When Picasso first visited the Madoura Pottery in 1946 he painted and glazed large pieces of pottery already thrown by Agard. Soon he began to compose sketches of three-dimensional objects made from familiar pottery forms such as vases, jugs and bowls. These pieces were thrown by Agard to Picasso's specifications. Thus ordinary, utilitarian objects metamorphosed into purely sculptural shapes becoming art. Agard also created his own designs. Often these pieces paralleled Picasso's work in their whimsey and earthy imagination.