Why Was Picasso So Irresistible to Women?

Vanity Fair interviews John Richardson on Picasso’s sex drive & appeal to women.

Why was Picasso so irresistible to women? Obviously his reputation as one of the world’s greatest artists helped, but was there more to it than that?

Although he was quite short, he had amazing charisma. Above all, he had what Spaniards call the “mirada fuerte,” the strong gaze, which, as Picasso said, enables a man to have a girl with his eyes. Picasso had fantastic eyes: enormous eyes that could indicate interest, rage, love, desire, impatience—whatever.

Memo to self: Get some mirada fuerte stat.


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