Calendar: Screening: The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

Event Description

Presented alongside Pablo Picasso's Femme à la montre (1932), now currently on view at the museum, PAMM will screen Henri Georges-Clouzot's documentary portrait Le mystère Picasso (The Mystery of Picasso) (1956). Capturing the artist at work through innovative film techniques, the film provides an unfiltered insight into his working process and creation of 20 individual artworks, ranging from black-and-white sketches to widescreen color paintings.​

Using inks that bled through the paper, Picasso rapidly created fanciful drawings that Clouzot filmed on the reverse side, capturing their creation in real time. When the artist decided to paint in oils, the filmmaker switched to color film and employed the magic of stop-motion animation. By contract, almost all of these paintings were destroyed when the film was completed, rendering the film itself a work of art in its own right.