Pablo Picasso’s MB Gullwing immortalized, off to Pebble Beach

Swiss artist, Dante Rubli has sculpted a tribute to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that was owned by master artist Pablo Picasso, to be exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 17-21.

The famous artist and renowned co-creator of cubism had many lovers but few cars, and his favorite car – the one he held on to the longest – was his Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.

"In 2007, I had the opportunity to work with Picasso's car. Following a conversation with Pablo's son Claude, the car was delivered to my workshop where I began a journey leading me to the creation of a full size sculpture," Dante said.

Mercedes-Benz holds a special place in automotive history with some of the most outstanding vehicle designs ever within their portfolio. Notable among these is the 300 SL Gullwing produced in the 1950’s and responsible for changing the company’s image in America.

Elegant, anomalous styling was just one aspect making the vehicle iconic and leading to many famous owners such as Pablo Picasso, whose car remains with the family. All this was a source of inspiration for the award-winning Swiss artist Dante.

"Having Pablo Picasso's original Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in my shop was incredible," said Dante. "The spirit I felt come through the vehicle made me create and the first sculpture I produced was actually a one-to-one scale interpretation of Pablo's car."


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