Pablo Picasso - clay sculpting

Corrida, Pablo Picasso, Muzeum Narodowe, Varšava

Already world famous for his paintings, and with his notorious Blue, Rose and Cubism periods behind him, Picasso started to learn the art of clay sculpting in 1948.

He worked at the Madoura pottery works in the small Cote d’Azur town of Vallauris. Picasso lived there for seven years with Francoise Gilot, the artist 41 years his junior who also the mother of two of his children, Claude and Paloma.

He went on to create more than 3,500 clay sculptures, featuring the distinctive Picasso subjects - women, bull-fights, birds and fish, often Meditteranean-inspired.