Pablo Picasso at La Californie, Cannes

Irving Penn American

Not on view

When Penn arrived at Picasso’s house in the south of France, the artist pretended not to be home. But after Penn’s assistant climbed over the locked gate, Picasso granted the photographer ten minutes. Covering his sweat-shirt with a Spanish cape, Picasso tried to playfully deflect him. Variants of this image show how Penn patiently worked the pose, allowing the artist his costume play while progressively boring in to isolate the riveting gaze of his left eye.

Pablo Picasso at La Californie, Cannes, Irving Penn (American, Plainfield, New Jersey 1917–2009 New York), Platinum-palladium print

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