1949: Picasso Paints in Light - In 1949, the 68-year-old Picasso was visited at his home in Vallauris, France, by the photographer Gjon Mili. Mili proposed to the artist an interesting concept. Might Picasso contemplate using a similar technique to create artwork that are gone as soon as they exist, drawings of pure light on a canvas of air? The artist agreed to conduct an experiment for a quarter of an hour.
In 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.
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