“Picasso portrayed me the way he saw me in the café. When I arrived, canvas stood facing the wall. When he put the painting up on the easel, I was astonished to see myself just as he had surprised me in the café. Here is the spectre of my solitude, seen from without. The line which encloses the idea, eloquent in its simplicity, fixes a gesture suggestive of the artist’s compassion upon surprising his friend in solitude. Such is the image returned to me by the clear light of Picasso’s observation, a fugitive hallucination of his own restlessness, tormented by the discovery of his friend peering into the abyss of his loneliness.”
Painted in the beginning of the Blue Period, this piece had been stored in Picasso’s workshop at boulevard de Clichy; it changed hands for a long time and, eventually, was bought by Shchukin; due to being frequently copied, the painting was tagged “Le bock” (“The Beer”). “Not being fond of seeing myself in a mirror, nor in the photo, I love looking at this portrait… It is the first of my oil-on-canvas portraits”.
From the memoirs of Jaime Sabartes
21 May Roberto Dantas Araújo wrote: 'Onde se localiza atualmente este auto retrato de Picasso com 90 anos de 1972 realizado a
lápis de cera?'
21 May Steve Wirth wrote: 'Is the patient really his sister? Look carefully. There are male features. I read somewhere the patient is the father of the child, both beggars which Picasso paid a tiny fee to model?'
20 May stephen andras from Texas wrote: 'I believe I might have come across an early oil painting by Picasso. It is oil painting signed P. Ruiz Picasso “98”
It is a painting on a church alongside a still body of water. Very realistic which was his style at that time - he would have been 17 years old. How could I find the location of this painting ?'
12 May Elva from Texas wrote: 'I really liked your article, but please, how do you know the month (April) and the age of little Raymonde (13 years). I have another year (10 years) do you have official documents.
Thank you for your answer.'
11 May lu from Texas wrote: 'Unlike the real thing, the color is too red.'
09 April kresa from Texas wrote: 'Sorry, isn't that an older portrait? are you sure about 1901?'
27 March Ralph from Somewhere in the USA wrote: 'He did a painting called Science and Charity. His father and sister Lola were his models. Lola was shown sick in bed. Pablo’s father posed as the doctor at her bedside. The painting was very realistic in style. It won a prize at an exhibit in Madrid. Pablo beat some of the best artists in Spain!'
16 March Adolph Blaine Charles from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery wrote: 'This is a wonderful artwork, highly enjoyable to decipher the meaning.
11 March Tabisa Mbeki from Lusikisiki wrote: 'I am impressed with this painting, it grabbed my attention and I wish I can read more history about it.'
27 February Yukiko from New York wrote: 'This reminds me of ancient Egypt. Looking very traditional.'
23 February Sonia from Australia wrote: 'What are the original dimensions of Maternity by Picasso?'
31 January Tomad from San Francisco wrote: 'What is the white object on the table? Next to the blue coffee pot.'