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David Douglas Duncan


Viva Picasso
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Pable Picasso, standing in his studio, cuts circles out of a sheet of paper. On a table in front of him is a canvass with a photograph of his eyes affixed to the center.

"Several weeks after shooting the closeup of his eyes, [Duncan] mounted two enlargements on canvases hoping [Picasso] might sign them . . . He refused--then picked up his sketch pad, tore out two pages, reached for his scissors, then his charcoal, and in a couple of minutes finished two self-portraits of Pablo Picasso as an owl. [Villa La Californie, 1957.]" Viva Picasso, p. 145.