|Picasso with Suzanne Ramie, 1946|
|Picasso's bikini clad vase.|
Perhaps reacting to his bleak, wartime "captivity" in Nazi-occupied Paris, Picasso unleashed a flurry of creative energy, turning out whimsical cubist nudes, painting with enamels and glazes "in the round", dressing up a curvaceous vase in a bright yellow bikini (right), creating plates complete with fool-the-eye fish and forks baked on their surfaces (below), a fantastical pitcher featuring a beak and full plumage (bottom, or large-scale mosaics reflecting the warm, joyous, Mediterranean landscape. It was playful, profound, and personal, also unfashionable at the time, and derided by critics as superficial and trite. It was a happy three years Picasso spent in the south of France with his companion, Francoise Gilot, and their young son, Claude.
|Picasso's Plate with Fish, 1946, here seen|
on a Vatican City stamp.
|Picasso's Pitcher withBeak|