Topic – The Boy Who Bit Picasso
As a child, in 1950, Antony Penrose first met Pablo Picasso, when he visited the Penrose family home in Chiddingly, East Sussex. They became instant friends and invented their own boisterous game of pretend bull fights. In the excitement, Antony bit Picasso, and Picasso bit him right back, but it did not spoil the friendship and during the many visits Antony made to Picasso’s homes in France, he felt very much at home.
This amusing lecture also covers the process of writing and the design of the book. Antony is the son of the American Lee Miller, photographer, and Roland Penrose, surrealist artist and biographer of Picasso, Miró, Man Ray and Tàpies. Life was a perpetual arts congress, where British artists, including Henry Moore, Eileen Agar, Richard Hamilton, John Craxton, and Kenneth Armitage, mixed with leading figures from Europe, such as Max Ernst, Joan Miró and Jean Dubuffet.