See Inside Picasso’s World At Castletown House This Summer

Portraits by LIFELONG FRIEND of Picasso, photographer EDWARD QUINN, go on display at CASTLETOWN HOUSE


This summer we’re viewing some never-before-seen images of Pablo Picasso as portraits of the artist by long-time friend, Irish-born photographer Edward Quinn, go on display at Castletown House. Quinn first met Picasso in 1951 after he settled on the French Riviera and the pair remained close until Picasso’s death in 1973. The portraits on display show the artist at his most relaxed, with his family, friends and working in his studio.


Edward Quinn was born in Dublin in 1920 and settled on the French Riviera in 1949, where he worked as a photographer, capturing the era’s greatest stars in informal, often candid images. His friendship with Picasso greatly influenced his work and resulted in 10,000 photos, several books and films about the artist.

Collaborations with other artists followed, including Max Ernst, Georg Baselitz, Francis Bacon and Salvador Dali. Quinn’s affinity with artists encompassed the works of his compatriot James Joyce, to whom he dedicated the volume James Joyce’s Dublin (1974) and which garnered Samuel Beckett’s praise for “capturing the atmosphere, humour and essence of Joyce’s Dublin.”


The photographs included in “My Friend Picasso” record Picasso’s life and work on the Côte d’Azur in the 1950s and 60s. The images include the artist working in his studios as well as intimate glimpses into his family life, with photographs of his first wife, Françoise Gilot and their children Claude and Paloma, as well as photographs of Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s second wife and muse.

My Friend Picasso, curated by Jean-Louis Andral of Musée Picasso in Antibes, is at Castletown House until September 2.

All photographs by Edward Quinn;

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