Monday, November 13, 2006

"Deux femmes courant sur la plage (La course)" (1922) by Picasso

While visiting a beach in the south of France one day, Pablo Picasso was approached by a small boy brandishing a blank sheet of paper. The youngster had clearly been enlisted by his parents to solicit an autographed drawing...

Picasso graciously obliged but, tearing up the paper, drew a design on the child's back instead, signing his name with a jubilant flourish before returning him to his parents.

"I wonder," the artist later remarked, "whether they'll ever wash him again!?"

More Picasso anecdotes.

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