1956: A Young Brigitte Bardot Watching Pablo Picasso Paint At His Studio (Colorized)

April 23, 2021

Here's an unlikely duo: the very young, very hot Brigitte Bardot with the aging artist Pablo Picasso, co-founder of the cubist movement. This colorized photograph from 1956 documents the time when they met at his studio on the French Riviera. 


The famous cubist painter had a reputation for seducing much younger women and pursuing affairs that could best be described as pedophilic, yet the sultry Bardot was not among his conquests. Perhaps it was because she was a fresh-faced 21-year-old, and he was a musty 74-year-old at the time that they met. Perhaps it was because Bardot, despite her sexpot image, was a strong, independent woman. Or perhaps it was because the entire meeting was photographed by Life magazine. 

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The steamy Brigitte Bardot. (groovyhistory.com)

Although she was only 21 years old in 1956, the French actress and singer Brigitte Bardot had 17 films under her belt and was a seasoned veteran in the entertainment industry. In many of her movie roles, including the nymph-like Juliette in “And God Created Woman”, Bardot played liberated, modern characters that showed women as sexually liberated. In 1959, in an essay by Simone de Beauvoir, Bardot was called the “first and most liberated woman of post-war France.” Despite her success in the entertainment industry, Bardot retired from acting in 1973, at the height of her career, to devote her time to animal rights activism, a cause that remains close to her heart.