Picasso in his garden c.1955, photography by Stanley Stanley © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2018

Never before seen images of Picasso on holiday in the South of France. This exhibition tells the story of a chance encounter in 1954 between amateur British photographer Stanley Stanley and Picasso on the beach of Antibes. 

The two men hit it off, and Picasso invited Stanley to spend time at his nearby villa.   

Stanley spent several days with Picasso, his family and circle of friends, and during this period the artist allowed Stanley to record the visit in a series of photographs. What resulted was a sequence of images which are magical in their informality, and a unique insight into the family life of the world-famous artist.

The photographs include an open-shirted Picasso smoking in the sunshine; his young daughter Paloma playing on the beach; Picasso standing in the sea with a beautiful young Parisian woman known only as Nivea; and Ernst Ascher, the Austrian dealer of African art, is seen in the sea with a face drawn by Picasso across his stomach, and in another photograph showing Picasso an array of wooden African artefacts.

Also included in the exhibition will be a painted ceramic plate, made by Picasso and gifted to Stanley. The plate sat undisplayed for many decades in Stanley’s sock drawer, as although he enjoyed the artist’s company, he had no great regard for his art. This will be displayed alongside the Rolleiflex camera Stanley used to take the photographs.

10 -  29 April 2018
Free entry, donations welcome

Want to see more Picasso?

This exhibition runs alongside the Main Gallery exhibition Picasso: Paper and Clay (17 March – 24 June 2018), celebrating 70 years of Picasso’s work, showcasing his boundary-pushing creativity in drawing, printmaking and ceramics.

Plus, Lee Miller: Picasso Portraits (14 April – 17 June 2018) will show American model turned photographer Lee Miller’s photographs of her lifelong friend Picasso, for whom she was also a muse.