Picasso first asked the model, Sylvette David, to pose for him in 1954.
Within a month, he had created a series of 40 paintings and drawings with her as the subject.
(love the ponytail)
When word got out about Picasso's new “muse“, popular magazine Paris Match published an article with photographs of Sylvette David, which was read by French film director Roger Vadim and his first wife Brigitte Bardot.
Picasso refused to paint Bardot, but Vadim was so impressed with Sylvette David's look that he had Bardot dye her brunette hair blonde and wear it in a high ponytail with espadrilles and matador pants, sparking the birth of a new fashion throughout Europe and the US.
Brigitte Bardot watches Pablo Picasso at work in his studio in Vallauris during the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
I wonder why he refused to paint her.
If only I could know what was on his mind. Did Brigitte not inspire him? Was she too two-dimensional for him? She managed to inspire the rest of the world! What did he see in Sylvette that made him create a series of 40 paintings based on her? What makes a muse? So many questions.
The mind of an artist. Most intriguing. :)