Picasso’s social contacts in Antibes and Juan-les-Pins were varied. Among his American friends were Gerald and Sara Murphy, who rented Villa America in La Garoupe. At that time, Picasso was married to Olga Khokhlova, a ballet dancer.

In 1955, Picasso began a series of beach paintings, including La plage a la Garoupe recalling his time in the 1920s and many other excursions on the beach.

Featured Image: The Murphys’ picnic at La Garoupe (1924 c.). Sarah Murphy is seated in front of Picasso, wearing a black Homburg. Standing on the canoe is Olga Khokhlova, Picasso’s wife, wearing a tutu. Collection of Honoria Murphy Donnelly

See Jean-Louis Andral and Marilyn McCully. M. Pablo’s Holidays: Picasso in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, 1920-1946. Editions Hazan: Paris, 2018