Photographs of Picasso

Dalya Alberge “Picasso’s grandson shares hundreds of intimate family photos with the world”

Bernard Ruiz-Picasso*1は祖父パブロ・ピカソ*2関係の100点以上に及ぶ写真を英国の美術史家のジョン・リチャードソン卿*3に託した。

Richardson is the author of an acclaimed three-volume biography, A Life of Picasso, and is now working on the fourth. Appointed Slade professor of art at Oxford in 1995 and knighted in 2012, he was awarded France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011.

He describes the photographs as “a revelation”. They show the relationship “between the subject and the artist, between the model and the image on the canvas,” he said.

Richardson, 90, who was a friend of the artist, told the Observer: “It is a mass of hundreds and hundreds of photographs which have never been seen. They’re a revelation. They are of all periods – fascinating when you compare them to certain paintings or events in his life. It opens up his life. It makes it 3D. Absolutely astonishing.”

The archive includes a personal photograph album and images from which the artist derived ideas. Through photography, he was recording aspects of sculptures in development, trying out ideas and documenting their creation.

Apart from images such as Picasso playing with his dogs, there are countless portraits of the women in his life, including his first wife, Olga, and his celebrated mistress, Dora Maar. “He constantly took photos of them,” Richardson said. “Sometimes there’s a direct resemblance. Sometimes you can see that he’s looking around for the way he wants to paint her.”

The home movies include footage of Olga plucking a daisy’s petals, mouthing the words, “he loves me, he loves me not …”

“That’s absolutely unseen,” Richardson said. “That belongs to the family. I was rather determined to get that. You can feel from the portraits most of all whether he was passionately in love or whether he was completely turned off by them.”

これらの写真の一部は紐育のGagosian Galleryで、Picasso & the Cameraと称して、展示されている*4