CreditsDirector: Jacques Berthier Narration: Henri Perruchot: Jacques Berthier Original music: Pierre Spiers
Catalog number # 540
12 minutes Color
Age Range: 12 to Adult
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In summer 1946, at Antibes on the French Riviera, a unique experience in modern painting began. Pablo Picasso had settled in Golfe Juan, nearby, but in his studio he was cramped for room. One day, he met the curator of the Grimaldi Museum: Would Picasso accept to transform the ancient fortress of Antibes into a living testimonial of his art? To which the painter enthusiastically agreed. It was thus that the Picasso Museum came to be, born of the boundless energy and creative genius of one man, and it immortalized the meeting of one of the greatest artists of our times and of a rejuvenated, century-old past. On September 8th, 1946: Picasso set up his headquarters in a vast hall on the first floor; here, in a poetic frenzy he went to work, his windows overlooking the ancient settlement, the port, the bay, the mountains. The painter immediately took possession; on the wall the keys to the city symbolized this new alliance, this unbreakable link between past and present. Sky, trees, houses, objects. Step by step, Antibes was invested, appropriated, absorbed by the consuming flame of Picasso's brilliantly-lighted inner universe. More trees, plants. Flowers, the fruit became pagan symbols of joy springing from every youthful source of his genius. And all the creatures of the sea: the water, the land, and the sky, were represented. He rediscovered and adapted the Mediterranean myths, the symbols of which could figure on his own coat-of-arms. Thus the mythology of an artist; of a very living artist, became one with the mythology of old. The surge of the sea against the rugged coastline of Antibes is the surge of civilization which created this Venus. His creative genius and his lust for life are all-inclusive. In December 1946, Picasso left, but his healthy joie de vivre still bursts forth on these walls. Hundreds of creations: the result of four months of work; the life kindled in the studio has spread to the other rooms, to the attic. Antibes has identified itself with Picasso and the crumbling fortress has become a museum. Under the impulse of the painter and the man, the museum has grown and developed like a human being, like a real and yet ethereal universe, the universe of a man who cannot hide his joy: in that, the woman he loves is twenty and is soon to bear him a child. A poetic universe, a pastoral romp at the dawn of creation; a universe of frolicking fauns, in the brilliant greens, yellows, reds and blues of summer, where satyrs and Bacchantes, centaurs and nymphs dance to the sound of a double flute, mid flowers, fruit and birds. In the great halls flagged with rose-colored stone, among the bas-reliefs of antiquity, behind the gilded walls of the castle, between the sky and the shimmering Mediterranean waters, the vital, creative genius of Picasso is forever inscribed.
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