Vallauris Golfe-Juan

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A city of pottery and ceramics

Located in the heart of the Côte d'Azur, the town of Vallauris is known for its pottery and ceramics. Pottery is a very old tradition. In the 20th century, Picasso has played an important role with its ceramic production in the arts and crafts of the city. The main street of Vallauris has many tourist shops selling pottery and ceramics. The museums Picasso and ceramics are to be discovered.

Brief summary of history

On the eve of the French Revolution, it can represent the village roughly as it still is today. Little by little, it will extend to the current city centre. In 1815, Napoleon landed in Vallauris, in Golfe-Juan, on his return from Elba.

Industrial culinary pottery has always been over the centuries the main activity of the town of Vallauris. But at the beginning of the 20th century, it became an artistic and ceramic pottery. The expansion of the hamlet of Golfe-Juan is linked to the development of tourism and the arrival of the railroad in the second half of the 19th century. Illustrious personalities were building villas on a hillside.

The old town of Vallauris

The old town of Vallauris was built in checkerboard according to the plans imposed by the Abbey of Lérins in 1501. The fortifications are not made proper walls. These are houses, aligned against the other and which gives the blind wall outward, forming in fact defence.

One of the features of the village of Vallauris lies in the fact that two streets (Soubrane - high street and Soutrane - rue Clément Bel) connected by a perfect straight two doors that were opposite. A circuit to visit churches and chapels from the 17TH to the 19th century.

The National Picasso Museum

The Musée national Picasso war and peace is located in the ancient Roman Chapel (12th century) of the castle of Vallauris. One can admire the work of Picasso war and peace, carried out in 1952.

Pablo Picasso chose to live and work on the French Riviera. His strong attachment to the Mediterranean led him in turn to Antibes, Cannes and Mougins. At Vallauris it stayed there from 1948 to 1955. Installed in his workshop in the Capron, experimenting with a new technique for him the ceramic. These are thousands of objects that Picasso will create in ceramic Madoura workshop,
Museum national Pablo Picasso - Place de la libération, 06220 Vallauris - Tel. 33 (0) 4 93 64 71 83.

Museum of ceramics

The Magnelli Museum
The Château de Vallauris (former Priory of the monks of Lérins) welcomes a collection of ceramic works. Also an exhibition dedicated to the painter Alberto Magnelli (1888-1971), a pioneer of abstract art and contemporary of Picasso. During the second world war, it réfugiera in Grasse where he will reside from 1940 to 1970.

The Museum of ceramics
The ceramics Museum welcomes various aspects of pottery in Vallauris from yesterday and today. The tradition of culinary ceramic objects. The end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century are represented with the artistic ceramics of the Mandy. This production influenced by the art nouveau style seduces the rich cosmopolitan clientele that frequents the Côte d'Azur at the turn of the 20th century.

The kitsch ceramics Museum
Kitsch ceramics Museum presents the collection of Gil Camatte who for 40 years, brought together passionately thousands of various objects.

Useful information :

Address :
06220 Vallauris

Good to know :
Office du Tourisme de Golf - Juan Avenue des Frères Roustan, 06220 Golf - Juan Tel. + 33 (0) 4 93 63 73 12

Free of charge.

Where to stay:

All accommodation

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