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MOST FAMOUS ARTIST: "WIGS," by Pablo Picasso.
Though this ceramic plate is far from Picasso's best-known work, it is a Picasso nonetheless. A gift to the city by Don Goldeen. It was originally displayed in the city during a 1981 exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, titled "Picasso Ceramics: Limited Editions from California Collections." The plate was produced in France, sometime around 1947, when Picasso began working in the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris, Southern France, according to information obtained from the arts center exhibit. During that time, he created molds and designs, which the master potters at the pottery then used to create limited editions. Photo courtesy the City of Palo Alto.