Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


Picasso slept with women young enough to be his granddaughter and drove heartbroken mistresses to despair and suicide, but, if we're talking erotic power, he was un-matched. As Dora Maar famously said: After Picasso, only God.

My most beautiful of all little blue grey mouse catching, pearly bottomed, creamy-thighed, soft-waisted mewing rat-pursuers! Letter from Peter Pears to Benjamin Britten, 1941