When Picasso moved into his new studio in 1955 he began a creative project exploring every aspect of its interior. His concentration of this landscape during the mid fifties will always be associated with the name “La Californie” the name given to the ground floor of his villa at Cannes.
Through a series of personal and impressionistic sketches we see Picasso attempt to organise and reorganise the space, creating a succession of illustrations that would lead him to a distilled and concentrated final expression.
The empty interior began to appeal as little to Picasso as the empty landscape and through this series we get a glimpse into the inner motivations of one of the most important artist of the 20th century.
Here is a rare photograph of the great Brigitte Bardot visiting Picasso in La Californie in 1956. We can see the oddly shaped bay windows and unique lampshades that appear throughout his studio series.