Charles photographed the images for Picasso during an impromptu, one-hour visit to an exhibition of the artist’s work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The images in this 96-slide, 3-screen (32-pass) slide show included close-ups and details of sculpture, paintings, and drawings. Charles and Ray put together these intimate views of the exhibition for friends who had missed the show. They also presented Picasso at a 1967 “Friends of the Smithsonian” meeting.
Picasso was accompanied either by classical music or a recording of Gertrude Stein reading from her writings about the legendary artist’s life and work. As with so many of their other slide show presentations, the Eameses created Picasso to capture a passing event and preserve its essence through photography.