Picasso through the Eyes of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose by Antony Penrose
Friday 25th October 2013
The Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB
Thank you to Antony Penrose and everyone who joined us for a wonderful evening and a personal insight into the lives of some of the most important people of the 20th century in the art and culture world; and their impact on the rest of the world around them. Fascinating and moving!
A few pictures from the night…
It began as the casual encounter of two artists on a Provence beach and developed into one of the most powerful synergistic forces in Picasso’s life. Roland Penrose, then a Surrealist artist met Picasso in 1936. A year later he introduced Picasso to the love of his life, the American photographer Lee Miller. Penrose brought Picasso to the incredulous and sometimes hostile British public in his International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936. His biography 1958 Picasso His Life and Work was regarded the definitive work and is still in print, and his Picasso retrospective at the Tate in 1960 was considered to be ‘the show of that century’. Picasso celebrated Lee Miller’s beauty by painting six portrait of her a l’Arlesienne, and she reciprocated by photographing him more than 1,000 times.
Antony Penrose is the son of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose and this talk draws on the material held in the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection of which he is the director.
This event is a 365 Whitstable fundraiser!
Some useful information:
- The Guardian: Tony Penrose: ‘With Picasso, the rule book was torn up’
- The independent: The unseen Lee Miller: Lost images of the supermodel-turned-war photographer go on show
- New York Times: Lee Miller: Light on Her Fashion