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Picasso Light Drawings

Portraits taken in late 40s, early 50s

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Pablo Picasso’s series of light paintings were not a planned project, but the result of a moment of inspiration from LIFE photographer Gjon Mili. Picasso gave Mili only 15 minutes to experiment with the process. Afterwards, the two made over 30 portraits together. Read more about their partnership here.

Artist Pablo Picasso using flashlight to begin making light drawing in the air. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Artist Pablo Picasso painting with light during LIFE photo shoot. Vallauris, France December 31, 1948. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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(Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)