Picasso and his dogs highlighted in a beautiful book

We know everything, or almost, about Picasso and his wives, about Picasso and his children. A book comes out today on Picasso and his dogs… Do not laugh. The matter is serious: the text is signed by an art historian, curator of the Picasso museum in Antibes, and the book initiates a collection directed by Martin Bethenod, a personality who collaborated with eminent cultural institutions. This little collection is no less delightful, the iconography combining photos of the artist in his intimacy and reproductions of his work.

Pablo Picasso, Woman with dog, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm, 1962. Nahmad Collection. © Estate Picasso 2024.Photo © Christie’s Images / © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2023 / Bridgeman Images.

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Brassaï, The Kazbek Dog, gelatin silver print, rue des Grands-Augustins, May 2, 1944. Gilberte Brassaï Fund, Paris. © Estate Picasso 2024.Photo © RMN-Grand Palais / Brassaï.

Picasso’s most spontaneous works continue to amaze with their virtuosity. Thus, this portrait of Frika, a mountain dog from the Pyrenees, sketched in three pencil strokes or even this figure of a bichon cut out of the wadded paper of a napkin. Since his childhood, Pablo has been surrounded by canines. Here he is in the early 1930s in Boisgeloup with Bob, an affectionate Saint Bernard who, standing on his two legs in an outpouring of joy, shows him his greatest affection. Here he is, in 1962, posing in his underwear on the steps of his castle in Vauvenargues in the company of an Afghan hound, Kaboul, both sporting the same proud look – despite the master’s unglamorous outfit.

>>picasso with his dog bob black and white photo>>

Anonymous, Pablo Picasso with Bob, negative on flexible cellulose nitrate support, 11.6 x 6.9 cm, Boisgeloup, c. 1931. Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Madrid.Olga Ruiz-Picasso Archives, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Madrid. Anonymous photographer, all rights reserved.

>>Pablo Picasso Les Mnines oil on canvas>>

Pablo Picasso, Las Meninas, oil on canvas, 161 x 129 cm, October 2, 1957. Picasso Museum, Barcelona. Donation by Pablo Picasso, 1968. © Succession Picasso 2024.Picasso Museum, Barcelona. Photo: Fotogasull.

Picasso with his dog on JuanlesPins beach

Attributed to Henry-Louis Mermod, Picasso with his dog Elft on the beachgelatin silver print, 12.8 x 17.7 cm, Juan-les-Pins, August 1931. Musée national Picasso-Paris.Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / image RMN-GP.

Picasso is not, like some, the man of a single race, he appreciated diversity. He also had a mongrel spaniel, a dachshund, fox terriers, a Dalmatian, a boxer, airedales… In his Conversationsthe photographer Brassaï noted: “Animals were as essential at his side as a feminine presence”. Apparently, our hero treated his companions and canines in the same way: sometimes he adored them, sometimes he ignored them… Next title to be published: Yves Saint-Laurent and his dogs.

>>Picasso and his baby Dalmatian dogs>>

Jacqueline Picasso, Picasso with Perro, puppy, undated. Private collection. © Estate Picasso 2024.Private collection © Photography Jacqueline Picasso.

>>Pablo Picasso The Buffet in Vauvenargues>>

Pablo Picasso, The Buffet in Vauvenargues, oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm, February 18, 1959 (II). Private collection. © Estate Picasso 2024.Maurice Aeschimann.

Picasso and his dogsby Jean-Louis Andral, Éditions Norma, 80 pages, 24 euros.

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