Lee Miller and Picasso

Coffee with a Curator at The Dalí

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October 6, 2021 @ 10:30am 11:30am

lee miller and picasso

Join us for this installment of our Coffee with a Curator series, where Museum Staff or invited guests speak on a range of Dalí-inspired topics.

In conjunction with our special exhibition, The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller, we invite you to enjoy a lecture from the Museum’s Curator of Special Exhibitions, Dr. William Jeffett. In this lecture, Jeffett will discuss Lee Miller’s relationship with Pablo Picasso.

Miller counted many artists among her closest friends and this aspect of her work is well represented in our current special exhibition. Among them was Picasso, whom she met around 1937 when she and her future husband, the painter and writer Roland Penrose visited the artist in the south of France. This was not a casual meeting for not only did she take photographs of Picasso, but he also made several painted portraits of her. Their friendship was long lasting and documented in her photography. When Miller traveled with the U.S. Army at the time of the liberation of Paris, one of her priorities was to find Picasso in his studio and see how he had weathered the Occupation and war years. Again in the postwar years she and Penrose visited Picasso in France on multiple occasions and Picasso also visited the couple at their home in East Sussex. The result was a staggering body of photographs documenting this important artistic friendship that spread across decades.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater (registration required)


Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free, with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.


Dr. William Jeffett, Curator of Special Exhibitions

William received his Doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He also holds degrees from Oxford University, Yale University and University of Texas. Before joining The Dalí, he was Curator at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at University of East Anglia (UK). At The Dalí he is responsible for the direction, curation, organization and co-ordination of exhibition programs; writing and editing of exhibition catalogs and other interpretative material, including the interpretation of works by Dali; and research on the permanent collection. William contributes to the expansion of the collection through seeking and recommending acquisitions. He is an active researcher and writer both for The Dalí and for other museums, research institutes and universities. William has published numerous exhibition catalogs and articles devoted to Dalí and other related artists as well as contemporary art. He has curated many shows for the Museum and other important institutions including the Fundacio Joan Miro (Barcelona), Fundacio “La Caixa” (Madrid) and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid). William curated Dalí and Duchamp with Dawn Ades for The Dalí and Royal Academy (London).


Image: Detail from Picasso and Lee Miller in his studio, Liberation of Paris, Rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris, France 1944 by Lee Miller (NC0002 1) © Lee Miller Archives England 2020.  All Rights Reserved.

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