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Coat of arms of Vallauris
Coat of arms
Vallauris is located in France
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Vallauris is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°34′50″N 7°03′14″E / 43.5805°N 7.0538°E / 43.5805; 7.0538Coordinates: 43°34′50″N 7°03′14″E / 43.5805°N 7.0538°E / 43.5805; 7.0538
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
IntercommunalityCA Sophia Antipolis
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Alain Gumial
Area113.04 km2 (5.03 sq mi)
Population (2012)226,595
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code06155 /06221
Elevation0–285 m (0–935 ft)
(avg. 112 m or 367 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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, and is today effectively an extension of the town of Antibes, bordering it on its west side.

Picasso and Vallauris[edit]

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 his mural War and Peace, one of the major artworks of the period. He also developed a fascination for the 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.

See also[edit]

Communes of the Alpes-Maritimes department


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