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Vallauris is a commune in the département of Alpes-Maritimes and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France. It is located in the metropolitan Community of Agglomeration of Sophia-Antipolis, and is a suburb of the city of Antibes, bordering it on its west side. In the 1999 census, Vallauris had a population of 25,773. The commune has a land area of 13.04 km² (5.035 sq mi). In 1948, Picasso came to live in Vallauris where he stayed until 1955. During his time there, he created a great many sculptures and paintings including War and Peace, which was one of the major artworks of the period. He also developed a fascination for the two techniques of ceramics and linocuts. As freeman of the town, Picasso greatly contributed to the renaissance of the Vallauris pottery industry in the 1950s, this mythical golden age and time 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.


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SightSeeing

  • MAISON DE LA PETANQUE
    300 m2 presenting the highlights of the history of boules de pétanque.
  • MUSEE DE LA POTERIE
    100 years of pottery history in exhibition space of over 200 m2. From the historic reconstitution of a potter's studio as it existed at the turn of the century, to present-day techniques.
  • MUSEE MAGNELLI - MUSEE DE LA CERAMIQUE
    The Château-Musée de Vallauris (16th-C.) covers two subjects : ceramics and Magnelli. The collection of paintings by Magnelli, a pioneer in abstract art, is the largest in France and was assembled by the[...]
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