Amazing light drawing by Picasso

Today, October 25th, is the anniversary of Picasso’s birth so I thought it would be a fitting tribute to post this amazing photograph of him by LIFE magazine photographer Gjon Mili.

Gjon Mili, Picasso Draws a Centaur in the Air, 1949

Gjon Mili, Picasso Draws a Centaur in the Air, Black & White Photograph, 1949










The photograph was made as part of a series Mili made of Picasso for LIFE magazine which came to be known as “light drawings”. The effect was created by photographing Picasso in a dark room using long shutter speeds while Picasso used a small light to draw shapes central to his paintings including centaurs, bulls, Greek profiles and his signature in the “air”.

To see more of this series of photographs by Gjon Mili visit “Pablo Picasso Draws with Light” at LIFE magazine here.

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