|Picasso and wife, Jacqueline|
on the front steps of the
Villa La Californie,
Cannes, France, 1956
Surviving friends tell of being a guest at his table, reporting his gregarious, outgoing personality, his vivid wit, his animated conversation, but most of all, his eerie gaze. As he ate, he would fasten on various objects around him, in effect, devouring them along with dinner. At such times, guests were quickly aware that Picasso was not seeing things about him as they did, but "digesting" them, creating images and relationships within his mind that might later come to rest on canvas, in the form of painted sketches, sometimes numbering as many as half a dozen a day.
|Picasso, in typical working togs, presides|
over the million-dollar clutter of his
Villa La Californie, Cannes, France, 1957.
Photo by Andre Villers