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bardot meets picasso

During the 1956 International Cannes Film Festival, 21-year-old Brigitte Bardot paid a visit to legendary painter Pablo Picasso at his studio in the South of France. 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…” Picasso’s then-muse, 19-year-old Lydia Corbett (the artist’s famous “ponytail girl”), tells a slightly different version of the story. Corbett, Picasso’s next-door neighbor, recalls, “Bardot came [to Picasso’s studio] with another neighbor, the film director Roger Vadim… She really wanted to be painted by him but Picasso refused, saying he would only have one model at a time…” How wonderful Lydia must have felt—Picasso (of all people) turned down Bardot for her! Despite the fact that the starlet did not have her portrait drawn, BB still has these invaluable photographs to remember her visit to the painter’s studio. I say that, next to a likeness, a photo shoot with Picasso is certainly the next best thing.

(photos courtesy of Life)

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Reader Comments (3)

wow, that's so cool :D i love seeing rare photos like this

09.14.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDora

Golly, you have the best stories on your blog! What a fascinating encounter between these two. I love how over time different versions emerge and we're left wondering what the truth is.

09.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

Absolutely amazing! And Brandi's right-you have the best stories!

09.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLena

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