by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1956
Sitterback to top
- Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Artist. Sitter in 9 portraits, Artist or producer of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Bill Brandt (1904-1983), Photographer. Artist or producer of 120 portraits, Sitter in 34 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Celebrated for his photojournalism and portraiture, Brandt was asked to photograph Picasso by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. He made several visits to the artist’s villa, La Californie, in Cannes, before finally gaining access. In this resulting portrait, Picasso’s familiar features dominate the composition and are emphasised by the dramatic contrasts characteristic of Brandt’s later printing style. Although Picasso’s gaze appears stern, Brandt recalled his charming nature: ‘He posed very well, chatted a great deal and said I could stay as long as I liked and photograph anything that took my fancy’.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: France (sitter's studio, 'La Californie', Cannes, France)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1956back to top
Current affairsThe first supermarket opens in Britain. Inspired by the new innovation in America, Jack Cohen opened his first Tesco supermarket in Essex.
The First Clean Air Act is passed in response to the 'Pea Soup' smog over London.
Art and sciencePop Art is seen for the first time in the This is Tomorrow exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition included Richard Hamilton's iconic collage: What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?
John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opens at the Royal Court Theatre, introducing the phrase 'Angry young man' to describe the new movement of gritty, post-war realism in literature.
InternationalThe Suez Crisis rocked Eden's premiership and marked the decline of British world power and influence in favour of America. In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt nationalised the Suez canal. Although Britain and France, who had owned the canal since the 19th century, invaded Egypt, they were soon persuaded to withdraw by US President Eisenhower who disapproved of the occupation.
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