“In LIFE photographer Gjon Mili visited Picasso in Vallauris, France. He showed Pablo some photographs of ice skaters with tiny lights affixed to their skates jumping in the dark. Picasso was immediately inspired, these photos were the result.
I love love this one - the layering, the hint of the C with the cravat, the off centre apron, the knife accessory. This is the strongest indication so far - mix this with a bit of circus and we've got it I think