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May 22, 2020

Pablo Picasso Dressed as Popeye, 1957

Photographer André Villers shot portraits of some of Europe’s great artists – Fernand Léger, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Jean Cocteau, Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini, to name a few.

According to The Age, Villers met Picasso in 1953 and stayed at his side for close to a decade “quietly observing and shooting the man at work and at play.” One of the ways he played, apparently, was by playing dress-up: apparently Pablo threw on some random clothes one day, and said “Look at me, I am Popeye!” That scene is recorded for posterity with these hilarious images below:

A self-portrait of André Villers and Pablo Picasso.

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