Groundbreaking Cubist artists... they're just like us?
We are smitten with this 1957 photograph of the one and only Pablo Picasso dressed up as Popeye. The image, taken by André Villers, gives a rare glimpse of the iconic artist as a playful guy with a penchant for giant pipes and fake beards.
Villers met Picasso in 1953 and spent almost ten years observing and photographing his process. He told The Age: "[Picasso] understood I wasn't after his personality or trying to depict something deep … he said, 'If you want to get inside me, then it's best you stay outside.'''
Aside from the charming image of the famous painter playing dress up, we also appreciate the glimpse at his furniture and belongings, especially the Demoiselle-esque masks on the left wall. Inspiration, perhaps?
See Picasso's works from the "Picasso Black and White" exhibit at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, on view now until January 23, 2013.
Woman Ironing (La repasseuse) Bateau-Lavoir, Paris, spring 1904 Oil on canvas, 116.2 x 73 cm Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Kristopher McKay © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
Man, Woman, and Child (Homme, femme et enfant) Paris, fall 1906 Oil on canvas, 115.5 x 88.5 cm Kunstmuseum Basel, Gift of the artist to the City of Basel, 1967 © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Martin P. Bühler/ Kunstmuseum Basel
The Maids of Honor (Las Meninas, after Velázquez) (Les Ménines, vue d’ensemble, d’après Velázquez) La Californie, August 17, 1957 Oil on canvas, 194 x 260 cm Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Gift of the artist, 1968 © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Gassull Fotografia
The Milliner’s Workshop (Atelier de la modiste), Paris, January 1926 Oil on canvas 172 x 256 cm Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Gift of the artist, 1947 ©2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: CNAC/MNAM/Dist. Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY
Mother with Dead Child II, Postscript to Guernica (Femme avec enfant mort II, Post-scriptum à Guernica) Grands-Augustins, Paris, September 26, 1937 Oil on canvas, 130 x 195 cm Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Bequest of the artist © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: © Archivo fotográfico Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Reclining Nude (Grand nu couché) Grands-Augustins, Paris, September 30, 1942 Oil on canvas, 129.5 x 195 cm Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: bpk, Berlin/Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen, Staatliche Museen/Jens Ziehe/Art Resource, NY