André Villers Edouard Pignon and Jacques Prévert in Picasso's Studio
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1950s Print Date 1960s
Dimensions 15-7/8 x 12 in. (403 x 305 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
From a series that Villers made on Picasso and his circle. Photographer's stamp on verso. Pignon sits and Prevert stands in front of one of Picasso's greatest works. Two women's legs and foot frame the image.
Edouard Pignon (February 12, 1905--May 14, 1993) was a French painter of the new École de Paris and a close friend of Picasso's for 30 years, whom he met in 1937. In 1951-1952, Picasso and Pignon shared a workshop in Vallauris.
Born in Bully-les-Mines (Pas-de-Calais, France), his childhood was difficult. He worked in a mine, then in a plant from 1920 to 1927. He moved to Paris in 1927 and began his studies.
He joined the Communist Party in 1933 and was a resistance member during WWII.
His first solo exhibition was held in 1939 in Paris. With Bazaine, Esteve, Lapicque, Le Moal Manessier and others, Pignon was one of "Twenty painters of French tradition", who exhibited in Paris in 1941.
Pignon is considered to be a man of character who wanted always to be free. A friend of Picasso, he married the art critic Helen Parmelin and constantly refused any commitment to any movement or academy. As an artist who pushed always against the normal flow, he is considered to be primarily a colorist. His work is in most major museums in France and abroad.
Edouard Pignon died in La Couture-Boussey (France). To help create a museum in Marles-les-Mines, Edouard Pignon donated 40 of his paintings, drawings and lithographs, as well as works by his friend Picasso.
Jacques Prévert (February 4, 1900--April 11, 1977) was a French poet and noted screenwriter. He was an active participant in the Surrealist movement. Together with the writer Raymond Queneau and artist Marcel Duchamp, he was a member of the Rue du Château group. He was also a member of the agitprop Groupe Octobre.
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