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Talk, Thu 11 Oct 2018, free entry


Fleet Way,
Old Fletton,

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Topic – The Boy Who Bit Picasso

As a child, in 1950, Antony Penrose first met Pablo Picasso, when he visited the Penrose family home in Chiddingly, East Sussex. They became instant friends and invented their own boisterous game of pretend bull fights. In the excitement, Antony bit Picasso, and Picasso bit him right back, but it did not spoil the friendship and during the many visits Antony made to Picasso’s homes in France, he felt very much at home.
He loved the menagerie of pets – the live ones and those Picasso made as sculptures that seemed alive. Picasso painted Antony’s mother Lee Miller’s portrait six times and she photographed him more than 1,000 times.
This amusing lecture also covers the process of writing and the design of the book.
Antony is the son of the American Lee Miller, photographer, and Roland Penrose, surrealist artist and biographer of Picasso, Miró, Man Ray and Tàpies.
Life was a perpetual arts congress, where British artists, including Henry Moore, Eileen Agar, Richard Hamilton, John Craxton, and Kenneth Armitage, mixed with leading figures from Europe, such as Max Ernst, Joan Miró and Jean Dubuffet.

He has spent the past 30 years conserving and disseminating the work of his parents. He has written numerous books, articles and two plays on the subject of his parents and their associates. He lectures widely and is known as a curator of photography, an artist and film maker in his own right.

• Would you like to learn more about paintings and painters, china, design, architecture, pottery and bronzes?

• Are you free once a month at 10.45am on a Thursday for an hour?
(coffee from 10.15am)

Then please join us – to hear these informative and amusing talks at:
Fleet Community Hall
Old Fletton, Peterborough, PE2 8DL

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 11 Oct 2018 10:45


Free entry


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