Brigitte Bardot And Pablo Picasso: The Story Of The Unpainted Portrait

Date January 31, 2018

In 1956, in Cannes, France, there was a special meeting of two completely different stars – the movie actress, Brigitte Bardot, and the famous artist, Pablo Picasso. The latter had several workshops and a house, Villa La Californie, in this city.


At that time, he was 74 years old, and she was only 21. The 'Cubist' pioneer had a long and successful career as an artist behind him, while Bardot starred in 17 films and was considered a sex symbol.

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What was the occasion?

The actress came to France for the 9th Cannes Film Festival, where a 78-minute documentary film, The Mystery of Picasso by Henri-Georges Clouzot, was presented. Apparently, a young beauty also wanted to figure out some of the secrets of the painter-innovator. Of course, no one knows the exact reason why she decided to visit him, but it seems the actress dreamed of her portrait to be done by Picasso.

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Trying to impress the artist.

The Parisian did everything to please the owner of La Californie. In particular, Brigitte sported a ponytail with bangs – a hairstyle that one of the artist’s muses had.

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She also took into account that the painter preferred petite women, as Picasso himself was only 5’4.” Therefore, Bardot (who is 5’7”) opted for fashionable flats instead of high heels.

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But all efforts were in vain. In the huge list of Picasso's works, alas, there is no portrait of Brigitte. It is assumed that he preferred modest, even timid women. Confident in her own irresistibility, the screen star could not inspire him in any way. And she did not inspire him. So, their meeting had no continuation.

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At least, there was a dozen of stunning pictures taken during a few hours she was staying at his house.

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