Inside Pablo Picasso's Studio (And Up His Nose)

Maybe these photographs of Pablo Picasso playing bull fighter with his bath towel and parading in his briefs will school us in the mystique charms that won over wives and mistresses alike. Noted photojournalist David Douglas Duncan spent some time at Picasso’s Vill La Californie, catching the artist chomping fish, practicing his ballet moves and painting shirtless. Fun guy, right? “I’ve photographed him some 25,000 times, and each time he seemed perfectly normal, the same as anyone else, except for his eyes,” Duncan has said. Yeah, that must be it. Just in case you can’t make the photographer’s latest exhibit at Museo Picasso Málaga in Spain, enjoy the views in our slide show… that is, if you can handle Picasso in fisheye!

Pablo Picasso bathing, on the first day after meeting David Douglas Duncan, 8 February 1956. Gelatin silver print, 20,7 x 25, 4 cm. Private Collection © David Douglas Duncan 2011.