About This Image

Perhaps Brake's most famous single image. Picasso's son Claude places his finger in his father's mouth during moment of high excitement. With Brian Brake's stamp and Rapho agency stamps and pencil notations on the verso. The image is in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand.

Brian Brake (1927-1988) was New Zealand's best known photographer from the 1960s to the 1980s. He first made his name as an international photojournalist, photographing for picture magazines such as Life, National Geographic and Paris Match.

His most famous body of work was on the monsoon rains in India in 1960. This essay yielded the widely reproduced Monsoon girl, an image of a young woman feeling with pleasure the first rains on her face.

He also photographed noted celebrities, like Picasso and Cocteau.

See: Gilot and Lake, Life with Picasso, (McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1964), p.312.

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Pablo Picasso, Son Claude and Jean Cocteau at a Bullfight, Vallauris, France
Brian Brake Pablo Picasso, Son Claude and Jean Cocteau at a Bullfight, Vallauris, France

Price $3,500

Main Image

Ref.# 12649

Medium Silver print

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1955  Print Date 1960s

Dimensions 11-3/8 x 7-3/4 in. (289 x 197 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country New Zealand


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