The final lecture of the season presented a personal profile of giant figures in 20th century art. Picasso, Man Ray and Max Ernst were three of the key artists of the 20th century; they were also close friends of the Surrealist photographer Lee Miller and the Surrealist artist Roland Penrose. The hidden part of the story of a unique friendship which spanned the Surrealist Movement and the last 30 years of Picasso’s life. It was told by Antony Penrose (pictured here as a child with Picasso), who witnessed some of the events at first-hand, using the words and images of those who were there.
For the past 30 years Antony has been conserving and disseminating the work of his parents Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. He is Director of The Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection at Farley Farm House in Sussex, and has seen his parents’ work featured in many major exhibitions at the V&A, the National Portrait Gallary, the Manchester Art Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and at the Whitworth Gallery. He has lectured at museums around the world, and made television documentaries. Antony’s publications include: The Lives of Lee Miller, Lee Millers War (editor), The Angel and the Fiend, The Home of the Surrealists, Roland Penrose the Friendly Surrealist, and The Boy Who Bit Picasso.