Pablo Picasso
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Paloma Picasso

In April 1949, the International Peace Conference took place in Paris. It was decided to use Picasso’s lithograph depicting a dove to decorate the hall ceiling. The piece later acquired worldwide fame. During the Congress, one day (April 19) was particularly exciting for the artist: Françoise Gilot was supposed to have a second child; Pablo really wanted it to be a girl. As witnesses note, Picasso was restless and kept calling to the hospital in Vallauris to inquire about the state of the women in labor. Finally, he was told the good news: Françoise gave birth to a girl. Picasso did not hesitate in choosing the name: Paloma, Spanish for dove.

For Pablo, Paloma’s lively disposition was inexhaustible source of inspiration. On most of the paintings, she is depicted playing (“Paloma with Celluloid Fish” 1950, “Child playing with a truck” 1953), often in company with her mother and older brother, Claude (“Claude and Paloma playing” 1950, “Françoise Gilot with Claude and Paloma” 1951, and “Claude and Paloma” 1952). Paloma’s portraits emit immediateness – is as if the girl has stopped for a movement fascinated by her father’s brush and is about to rush back to play. (“Paloma a l’orange” 1951, “Paloma in Blue” 1952)

The girl has been surrounded by artists and intellectuals since she was little. “Art was not special for me, it was part of everyday life” – she later recalled. The childhood largely determined the entire course of life for this woman. After graduating from the University of Paris she worked as a costume designer and stylist in a theater. Afterwards she moved to Greece, engaging in jewelry design. In 1974, Paloma starred in the erotic film “Immoral Tales” by Polish director Walerian Borowczyk, gaining herself a scandalous prominence. In the late 70's Paloma Picasso was known as a frequenter of the legendary New York disco club Studio 54, often attended by such celebrities as Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and many others. In 1980 Paloma signed a contract with Tiffany & Co jewelry company. Even then, Paloma Picasso’s name was a well-known jewelry brand, eventually expanding to cosmetics, perfumes and clothing.


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Photos

With Claud and Paloma
1952
with Jacqueline Roque, Jean Cocteau, Paloma, Maya and Claude
1955
With Paloma and Claude
1955
Local Corrida. Vallauris
1955
Paloma and Picasso
1957
Picasso, Jacqueline, Claude, Paloma...
1960-s

Paintings

Pablo Picasso. Paloma and Claude, Children of Picasso, 1950
Paloma and Claude, Children of Picasso, 1950
Pablo Picasso. Paloma with Celluloid Fish, 1950
Paloma with Celluloid Fish, 1950
Pablo Picasso. Claude and Paloma playing, 1950
Claude and Paloma playing, 1950
Pablo Picasso. Francoise Gilot with Claude and Paloma, 1951
Francoise Gilot with Claude and Paloma, 1951
Pablo Picasso. Francoise, Claude and Paloma, 1951
Francoise, Claude and Paloma, 1951
Pablo Picasso. Paloma l`orange, 1951
Paloma l`orange, 1951
Pablo Picasso. Paloma, 1951
Paloma, 1951
Pablo Picasso. Paloma to doll, 1952
Paloma to doll, 1952
Pablo Picasso. Paloma blue, 1952
Paloma blue, 1952
Pablo Picasso. Two children Claude and Paloma, 1952
Two children Claude and Paloma, 1952
Pablo Picasso. Paloma, 1952
Paloma, 1952
Pablo Picasso. Paloma playing with truck, 1953
Paloma playing with truck, 1953
Pablo Picasso. Paloma front garden, 1953
Paloma front garden, 1953
Pablo Picasso. Paloma Playing with Tadpoles, 1954
Paloma Playing with Tadpoles, 1954
Pablo Picasso. Francoise, Claude and Paloma, 1954
Francoise, Claude and Paloma, 1954
Pablo Picasso. Paloma standing, 1954
Paloma standing, 1954
Pablo Picasso. Claude and Paloma drawing, 1954
Claude and Paloma drawing, 1954
Pablo Picasso. Paloma Picasso, 1956
Paloma Picasso, 1956