Visit to Picasso

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Visit to Picasso ("Bezoek aan Picasso") is a Belgian documentary film from 1949 about painter Pablo Picasso, directed by Belgian filmmaker Paul Haesaerts. In an effort to capture the nature of Picasso's creative process, Paul Haesaerts asked the Spanish painter to apply his magical brushstrokes to large glass plates as Haesaerts filmed from the other side.[1] This actually predates the more famous art film The Mystery of Picasso (1956) by Henri-Georges Clouzot in which Picasso also paints to large transparent canvases as the director films from the other side.[1]

The filming took place in Picasso's studio in Vallauris.[2]

In 1951 Visit to Picasso was nominated for best documentary by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).


Haesaerts shows opening images of Picasso books, then switches to a series of works by the artist in chronological order. Then the artist paints and sculpts art works.[2]


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