Required Viewing: Essential Documentaries About Famous Artists

The Mystery of Picasso (1956)

One of the most unique documentaries ever made, The Mystery of Picasso truly captured the master at work: Picasso’s director friend Henri-Georges Clouzot filmed the artist as he created twenty unique works for the film, documenting each piece as it grew with each new brush stroke, each new idea. Ingenuously, the filmmaker had Picasso paint on thin paper, capturing the ink bleeding through from the other side. When Picasso switched to oil, Clouzot switched to stop-motion animation. Get closer to the mystery!