Claude Picasso

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Claude Picasso
Born (1947-05-15) 15 May 1947 (age 72)
NationalityFrench, Spanish
Known forCinematographer, photographer, movie director, visual artist, graphic designer, businessman
Spouse(s)Sara Lavner (m. 1969; div. 1972)
Sydney Russel (m. 1979; div 2000)

Claude Ruiz Picasso (born 15 May 1947) is a photographer, cinematographer, movie director, visual artist, graphic designer, and businessman born (1947-05-15)15 May 1947, in Boulogne-Billancourt next to Paris in France.


Claude is the son of Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso[1] and the older brother of Paloma Picasso. His name was Claude Gilot until age 12.[2] In 1968 he met Sara Lavner (Schultz), a young woman from Brooklyn. Sara and Claude married in 1969 and divorced in 1972.[3] He was a photographer in New York City when his father died. At the time, he had experienced a period of estrangement from his father due to his mother's memoir Life with Picasso. His father's legacy nevertheless proved important to him and he established the "Picasso Administration"[4] to look after copyright and other legal matters.

Claude lived in New York between 1967 and 1974. He was Richard Avedon's photographic assistant for almost a year, and studied cinema and mise-en-scène at the Actors Studio. He also worked as a photojournalist for Time Life, Vogue and Saturday Review.[5]


Claude Picasso has been decorated with the Legion d'Honneur in 2011 for his personal work as photographer, cinematographer, and visual artist, as well as his efforts to administer his father's heritage.


  1. ^ Picasso Museum to Reopen at Last, With New Leader by DOREEN CARVAJAL in the September 3, 2014 The New York Times
  2. ^ Hawley, Janet, 2011. "Pablo was the greatest love of my life ... I left before I was destroyed", Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July, pp. 19.
  3. ^ Lavner, Sara (2014). The Glitter Factory: The Making and Unmaking of Sara Picasso (A Memoir). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. pp. 27–95. ISBN 978-1499379457.
  4. ^ The Family Concern of Claude Picasso in The Australian
  5. ^ Speech of Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture, 2011