Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Boy who bit Picasso

AT the last lecture before their summer break Henley Decorative and Fine Art Society members were treated to a lecture

AT the last lecture before their summer break Henley Decorative and Fine Art Society members were treated to a lecture by Anthony Penrose on his mother, Lee Miller, the famous Vogue moder, war photographer and muse to many artists.

Lee Miller was the lover of Man Ray who took her on as an assistant and trained her in photography. Between them they invented the “solarisation” technique. Miller’s talent blossomed as Vogue’s frontline correspondent in the Second World War and members were invited to look away from the photos she took of the liberation of Dachau concentration camp.

Her war experiences affected her deeply and she later sank into alcoholism and despair. Anthony recalled the difficulty he had in understanding his mother at that time. However there were fun times too — in particular the day Anthony, aged three, played matador with Pablo Picasso at a farmhouse in Farley — and took a bite out of him. Picasso bit him back.

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