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Picasso and Friends

Manuel Ortiz de Zarate, Moïse Kisling, Max Jacob, Pablo Picasso and Pâquerette in Paris
Manuel Ortiz de Zarate, Moïse Kisling, Max Jacob, Pablo Picasso and Pâquerette in Paris

Historical Context

This photo is part of a famous series of pictures taken by poet Jean Cocteau in Montparnasse, Paris, on August 12 1916 and conjures up the world of Picasso and his artistic circle amid the first world war.

Included in this photo is Spanish artist Manuel Ortiz de Zarate, Picasso's assistant at the time, Pâquerette a model for the French courtier Paul Poiret and Picasso's current girlfriend, the poet and artist Max Jacob and Polish born painter Moïse Kisling alongside Picasso himself.

This photo and 23 others were identified and reconstructed onto one sequence spread across one afternoon in bohemian Paris by picture historian Billy Kluver. In a remarkable act of detective work Kluver investigated the days' weather and measured shadows cast by buildings to work out the exact sequence the photos were taken in, tracking Picasso's and his friend's progress from cafes to a restaurant and through the street of Paris's Left Bank. His findings were published as an article and later a book.

Photo Info


Photographer: Jean Cocteau
Date taken: December 15, 1916
Location taken: Paris, France

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