villa californie

This photograph of Pablo Picasso in his recently acquired Cannes home and studio, Villa La Californie, shows the artist sitting with his second wife and muse, Jacqueline Roque, with her daughter Cathy, age 7, and his daughter Maya, age 20. It is an outtake from a photo shoot for the November 14th, 1955 issue of LIFE that featured a story, “New Fabrics Put Modern Art in Fashion”, about artists and their textile designs for American firm Fuller Fabrics. The fabrics were used by American Designer Claire McCardell and modeled for LIFE. The artist was being photographed with French model, Bettina Graziani who wore a blouse in a fabric inspired by Picasso’s still lifes.

Villa “La Californie” Pablo PICASSO’s house

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur. Alpes Maritimes. Cannes. 1957.

ph. Rene Burri

Portrait of Pablo Picasso with Jacqueline aux fleurs by David Douglas Duncan, Villa La Californie, Cannes, 1957.

So there he was, ringing the bell at La Californie. Jacqueline Roque-Picasso opened the gate and Duncan explained what he was after. Moments later he was taking his first portrait of Picasso, soaping himself in the bath. From then on, until the early 1960s, he was the artist’s main photographer, certainly the most constant and the one who enjoyed the greatest access.