Pablo Picasso 1881-1973
Visite à Picasso (1950)
Duration: 20 min.
Director: Paul Haesaert

‘Visite à Picasso’ is a classic documentary by dir. Paul Haesaerts which features the frequently used footage of Picasso painting on glass while a camera films him from the other side. The trick of filming thru glass allows the viewer to witness Picasso's true genius as he paints his famous Torros with just a few well-placed brushstrokes. Shot in beautiful black and white in Picasso's home in Vallauris, the film is a poetic treatment of the master-painter. This captivating film is a must see for anyone interested in art.

Like Picasso, this film follows its own rules; Not so much a documentary, "Visit to Picasso is more of a rough portrait of Pablo and tons of great footage of his studio in vallauris accompanied by moody organ music. The absence of a story line is compensated by Frank Silvera factual narration (dubbed English narration by William Patrick), putting Picasso's art in historical perspective.