Portfolio: Lee Miller
Pablo Picasso, the painter, sculptor, founder of Cubism and creator of some 25,000 works of art, was also, it seems, something of a clown.
In the artist's home, in Cannes, France, sat a sideboard piled high with masks, hats and the paraphernalia of fancy dress. When guests came to visit, they were required to don one of these masks to wear around the house, while Picasso would adorn himself in the manner depicted above. It proved a great ice-breaker: it's hard to feel overawed when your host is wearing a false nose. And it's a side to the man that sculptor Antony Penrose wants us to see more of.
"Picasso is often seen as serious – the person who painted Guernica – and hence impossible to relate to," says Penrose, who has curated a new exhibition entitled Picasso at Play. "I wanted to show aspects of him that were playful in a way that a younger audience could understand."
Penrose was just three years old when he first met Picasso, at his then-family home at Farley Farm House, Chiddingly, in East Sussex. His mother was the great American war photographer and model Lee Miller, whose close friendship with the painter allowed her to take a series of shots of him at his home, at play and at the Miller family home, which Picasso visited several times during his life.
And it is her photos of Picasso that Penrose has chosen for this exhibition, from a 1950 shot in which, dressed in tweed, he points to the village signpost to one of him splashing about on France's Côte d'Azur with his son. "I only knew him as a child," says Penrose, "but he had a great affinity for small children. They helped him improvise; it's why, I think, he got on better with them than adults." 1
Two exhibitions, Picasso at Play and Roland Penrose Surrealist Camera, are at Farley Farm House, East Sussex, from Tuesday until 22 July. They are free to view to those who purchase a tour of the house and gardens (farleyfarmhouse.co.uk)
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
Lucy, film review: Scarlett Johansson will blow your mind in Luc Besson's complex thriller
Miley Cyrus concert banned on morality grounds in the Dominican Republic
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
American film board gives gay film Love Is Strange R-rating despite no sex or violence
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile