The son of famed American-born model and photographer Lee Miller and the British surrealist painter and biographer Roland Penrose, Antony Penrose discusses the family's very unconventional life at Farley Farmhouse in England, where visitors included many of the leading figures in twentieth-century art. Among the regulars at Farley Farmhouse was Pablo Picasso, who painted Lee Miller six times and conducted an affair with her with the encouragement of her husband. Penrose explains how his father broke with his Quaker background to study art in Paris with Max Ernst, Picasso, and Georges Braque. He also discusses the difficulty of growing up with Lee Miller as a mother, who, despite her beauty and many gifts, was both an alcoholic and chronically depressed. Writing about his mother and directing her archives, says Penrose, is his way of healing his childhood wounds. This episode is richly illustrated with the photographs by and of Lee Miller and her famous friends.
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Episode #124 / Length: 28 minutes