(New York, 1907 – Chiddingly, 1977)
Photographer, artist and model Lee Miller first came into contact with photography in New York, when she was working as a model for photographers as important as Edward Steichen. In 1929 she moved to Paris, where she became an assistant to Man Ray, and during World War Two she was a war correspondent for different media and for the United States army. In 1947 Miller married English artist and collector Roland Penrose, with whom she worked on the biographies of Picasso, Miró, Man Ray and Tàpies. In the great majority of the images as a model, Miller was idealised as the incarnation of perfect beauty, grace and serenity. Picasso was having none of this. He knew that the real woman was more than a beautiful face and body, and he apparently felt that, with her racy wit and libertine sexuality, Miller deserved to be treated with friendly banter.
Portrait of Lee Miller à l'Arlésienne
Oil on canvas
81 x 60 cm
The Penrose Collection