The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: “Barcelona, May 1917” (1992)
Played by Danny Webb, Picasso actually appears twice in the Young Indiana Jones series. First, he turns up in the Barcelona episode, where he helps Indy sneak into a spot in the Ballet Russe, before surfacing again in Paris, as something of a romantic rival. Somehow, Norman Rockwell also makes an appearance, which can only be attributed to George Lucas’s lifelong devotion to the American sentimentalist’s painting.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile (1993)
This understated bit of dramatic erudition, authored by Steve Martin, was based on an imaginary meeting between Picasso and Albert Einstein, two men who Martin explained were “equally ahead of their time.” The show had a successful opening in New York in 1995 and has had successful runs all over the country since.
Paul Noth, The New Yorker (June 2012)
Nothing like a good New Yorker cartoon to take something dry and sophisticated and make it slightly dirty (but still dry and sophisticated).
Taking a schmaltzy level of creative license, this film lent extra tension to the rivalry between Picasso and the painter Amedeo Modigliani (Andy Garcia), in a duel that reminded many viewers of the Mozart-vs.-Salieri match-up in Amadeus. Unfortunately, neither film was really a successful depiction of the artists’ lives.
Caption reads: “I must say his stuff seems to grow on one.”
Emmwood, Daily Mail (July 1960)
Whereas Picasso already had a formidable fan base in the 1940s, in the United Kingdom, his art was only broadly appreciated after World War II — so much that it eventually became a sign of au courant cultural literacy.
33 días (2014)
This still-in-production adaptation will feature Antonio Banderas as Picasso, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow as Dora Maar, the artist who was Picasso’s partner while Guernica was in progress. Maar’s photography series documenting Guernica‘s creation is widely regarded as a great work of art in its own right, and was included in an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 2010.