Picasso ~ 50 Most Representative Paintings

Header Painting: Detail of self portrait of artist at age 19.
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Pablo Picasso ~ Self portrait (1906)


Pablo Picasso
Self portrait (1906)
Oil on canvas
© Succession Picasso
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This is Picasso laid bare, stripped of the colours that had made him famous in the Blue period and Rose. It is naked art, as stark as anything that had gone before.

In this self-portrait and other works of 1906, the colours are neutralised. Where Picasso had so delicately captured the Boy with a Pipe, here he has abandoned such fleetness of touch for a simplified, monumental style.

The face isn't an exercise in detailed likeness or a psychological study; rather, it has the masklike likeness and sense of power found in primitive art. Unsurprisingly then that Picasso was deeply influenced at this time by ancient Iberian stone sculpture. Add to that the 1906 trip to Gosol in northern Spain he took with Fernande where its stark landscape helped to inspire a new style - one Picasso used to almost singlehandely lay the foundations of modern art.

Again everything is down to chance. What if Picasso hadn't made that trip or hadn't discovered Iberian stone sculpture? What would modern art look like now?...A more detailed description & text in the book: Life and Works of Picasso

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Pablo Picasso Important Paintings: Self portrait (1906) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings ~ Index

Pablo Picasso Gallery: Paintings In Date Order >> (1893 - 1902) >> (1903 - 20) >> (1921 - 40) >> (1941 -73) >> 50 Most Representative Paintings

Pablo Picasso Texts: Biography >> Life Of Picasso >> Biog. II

Pablo Picasso Links: Picasso & Cocteau >> Le Testament d'Orphee >> Books >> Cards >> Prints >> Picasso Prints, Books and Dvds available @ amazon.com >> Search Site >> Picasso signed items, exhibition posters, ltd edn prints @ ebay.com (direct link to signed items) - just checked and a bigger selection than I have seen anywhere else

Highest & Essential Picasso Recommendations: Ikea Olunda Review/Image >> Buy >> The Dog Art Print Review/Image >> The Owl Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Camel Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Femme Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso The Dance of Youth Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Petite Fleurs Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Woman Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Sleeping Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Drawing Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Dove of Peace II Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Don Quixote, c.1955 Art Print Review/Image >> Picasso Trois Danseuses, c.1924 Art Print Review/Image

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