When Brigitte Bardot Met Pablo Picasso

In her memoir, Bardot writes: He showed me his canvases, his ceramics, his studio. He was simple, intelligent, a bit indifferent and lovely. That was our first and last encounter. I often wanted to ask him to make a portrait of me, but I never dared.

By Balthazar Malevolent

When Brigitte Bardot Met Pablo Picasso

When Pablo Picasso met Brigitte Bardot in 1956, he was 74 years old and she was 21. Picasso had a long and successful career as an artist, and Bardot has already starred in 17 films.

Above all, Picasso is known as one of the pioneers of Cubism in painting, but in his career, he experimented with various techniques and media art. In 1948, he moved to a French villa where he explored clay and ceramics, producing practical objects and decorative pieces.

In 1956, Brigitte Bardot was a guest at the Cannes Film Festival, whose competition program included a film with Pablo Picasso. The actress decided to visit the artist during his arrival in France. Bardot had become very popular by then, she was a media sensation.

LIFE magazine sent Jérôme Brierre, one of their best photographers to capture the two stars together. Joint shots of the young and beautiful Bardot with the elderly Pablo caused a stir, given Picasso's famous relationship with young women.

In the end, Brigitte Bardot never became Picasso's muse. Allegedly, Picasso refused to paint the French beauty, although he never said why.

Brigitte Bardot visiting Pablo Picasso

Images via the LIFE archives

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