Picasso Drawing With Light

June 22nd, 2009

In 1949, LIFE photographer Gjon Mili visited Picasso in Vallauris, France. He showed Pablo some photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates jumping in the dark. Picasso was immediately inspired, these photos were the result. You can see more of these in this LIFE gallery.

Picasso Drawing With Light

Picasso Drawing With Light

Picasso Drawing With Light

Picasso Drawing With Light

Picasso Drawing With Light

Picasso Drawing With Light

63 Responses to “Picasso Drawing With Light”

  1. lainey Says:

    Badass.

  2. manu Says:

    this is sick!

  3. jOsh Says:

    this is very cool (:

  4. Napoleon Says:

    pretty cool i guess.

  5. Carolyn J. Says:

    If you liked these photos, you have to see the movie The Mystery of Picasso:

    http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Picasso-Pablo/dp/B00007ELEI
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049531/

    I was transfixed when I caught it on public TV.

  6. google Says:

    hi-res via google:
    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&sa=1&q=picasso+light+source%3Alife&btnG=Search+images&aq=f&oq=

  7. asdf Says:

    this is sorta cool but its something i could have done, just b/c it has the name Picasso

  8. Camila Says:

    If you liked Picasso, take a look at my Blind-Drawing…

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=35188&id=578406842&l=955229586a

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  11. ivan drago Says:

    hey asdf! coulda, shoulda, woulda, right? too bad you didn’t and Picasso did.

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  13. He Says:

    The music video for lovers in japan by coldplay has a lot of this type of stuff

  14. elizabeth Says:

    this is pretty cool.
    i can sorta do this, but not as well[the photography]
    i can just to strokes and stuff with light.

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  18. SebasBarrera Says:

    Inspirador.

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  21. yfg Says:

    absolutely incredible!

  22. Clyde McKendrick Says:

    This has been an enduring inspiration to so many of us. Still a popular technique today in the digital age, but always impressive.

    Light has to be the best visual medium to work with… The Open Collective

  23. Dan Says:

    Amazing

  24. meh. Says:

    It looks exactly like everyone else on earth who draws with light, or a sparkler, or candles, etc… Who hasn’t done this as a child, or in a media arts program? I see no reason this is more interesting than any of you doing this just because it’s Picasso.

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  28. Lukasz Prazuch Says:

    “It looks exactly like everyone else on earth who draws with light, or a sparkler, or candles, etc… Who hasn’t done this as a child, or in a media arts program? I see no reason this is more interesting than any of you doing this just because it’s Picasso.”

    “this is sorta cool but its something i could have done, just b/c it has the name Picasso”

    very dumb comments – sure I could do it too, but he was doing it first

  29. Justin Says:

    This is something I have been doing with flashlights and laser pointers for years! Sure, he did this several years before I was even born, but it is something that has been done for a long time too… asdf, you are correct, it is just because it has Picasso’s name. Cool stuff though

  30. meh. Says:

    “very dumb comments – sure I could do it too, but he was doing it first”

    He did it before me because he was alive before me, so that’s hardly a valid argument. The fact is the article says Picasso stole the idea from ice skaters, so you shouldn’t even be impressed by when he did it either, if that’s your opinion.

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  33. emjo Says:

    “It looks exactly like everyone else on earth who draws with light, or a sparkler, or candles, etc… Who hasn’t done this as a child, or in a media arts program? I see no reason this is more interesting than any of you doing this just because it’s Picasso.”

    the thing is, it doesn’t look exactly like everyone else who has done this type of art. it still looks like art done by picasso. and i think it’s pretty cool that he can be consistent in his style using an entirely different medium.

  34. Tom Barry Says:

    Picasso was my first artist crush.

    I never got over him.

    He was the most pivital artist of the 20th century.

    Although, Basquait was not far behind!

    Peace,

    -tb

  35. Adrian Says:

    Awesome speed and precision required here for the photographs to even have a chance of coming out viewable. Amazing stuff!

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  38. calgary graphic design Says:

    Years ahead of his time. Brilliant!

  39. Marian Says:

    I think all the pics are incredible, but the fourth one is stunning. These aren’t just random lines, people, or someone trying to write his name with a sparkler, these are whole, complete works of art. More than half a century after his time, Picasso can still awe you, inspire you, and spark a heated debate. I call that brilliance.

  40. Lukasz Prazuch Says:

    “very dumb comments – sure I could do it too, but he was doing it first”

    “He did it before me because he was alive before me, so that’s hardly a valid argument. The fact is the article says Picasso stole the idea from ice skaters, so you shouldn’t even be impressed by when he did it either, if that’s your opinion.”

    Hey meh so maybe you are unhappy coz some caveman has invented wheel before you “because he was born before you” of course :D. Sure art is stealing and modifying it, inventing new, transforming etc… Most of the things you do because you have seen it somewhere, you have done it -(“with light, or a sparkler, or candles, etc… Who hasn’t done this as a child, or in a media arts program?”) NOT because you have invented it just because you have seen somebody else doing it. If you would have been creative it would be your pics. not Picasso’s on this web page.

    All my comments are because I feel you discredit this guy and try to heal your own complexes.

  41. Hey Crazy Says:

    Oh I love these! HCxx

  42. yoyoChaz Says:

    Picasso was actually ridiculed by the art community for doing these when he started his light drawings.

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  46. JaNae Says:

    These are great! the photographer Jeff Newsom does this in some of his wedding photos:
    http://voltronofawesomeness.com/imported-data/?currentPage=3

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  51. cfgh Says:

    asdf said”his is sorta cool but its something i could have done, just b/c it has the name Picasso”

    Of course you dork, but Picasso made it in 1949 when there were no computers or means to make that kind of thing.

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  53. MunkFish Says:

    FLAWLESS VICTORY

  54. nancy sandoval Says:

    You people don’t realize : Everything Picasso did was not amazing or a flawless victory. These paintings with lights look like anyone could have done them. They look like scribblings. Also, there was obviously the means to make these in 1949, they were not Photoshopped ? So who’s the dork now.

  55. Lukasz Prazuch Says:

    Nancy -” Everything Picasso did was not amazing or a flawless victory.” – that is your opinion – nothing more. What is the point of your statement? By the way – where are your scribblings?

  56. Donna Says:

    Also check out this guy’s work, it is beautiful, the site has a video documentary that is really amazing. http://iso1200.blogspot.com/2011/03/ball-of-light.html

  57. Sarah Says:

    I don’t care if people did this before or if people have done this since, all light photography has beautiful elements to me and this is no different. The fact that he still continued even while others ridiculed him is what is inspirational to me. And all art is simply taking techniques developed by others and trying your hand at it. Arguing about how “original” this is just because some people like looking at these pictures and you don’t seems silly to me.

  58. nic blackstone Says:

    the idea is really badass but the visual input is alright

  59. Meredith Says:

    It’s rather amusing that Pablo Picasso himself had fun with “light painting”, just like a whole wave of young people today. It’s also extremely interesting to see what he did with the medium, as it is a split-second act. His illustrations certainly are artistic, and different than the average teenager’s. However, they are maybe not as different as you would have expected. Look on the bright side people. The first one is my favorite.

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  61. josheph Says:

    stupid

  62. blackbird94 Says:

    This just goes to show what an amazing knowledge of the shape of things Picasso had. He could even draw them without any reference to any line he just drew. Brilliant

  63. marissa Says:

    pablo picasso invented glowsticking before the rave scene even started. fuckin epic!

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