Brigitte Bardot with paintings by Pablo Picasso, Vallauris on the French Riviera, in 1956, for LIFE. Photograph by Jerome Brierre.

Bardot was attending the Cannes Film Festival, just down the coast from Vallauris, and came to visit the artist. LIFE sent Brierre to photograph them. The pairing of the young and beautiful Bardot with the older Picasso, who was notorious for his affairs with much younger women, would make for a good story.