“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
13 January L wrote: 'personally i don't understand the hype. sure, it's good for an 8 year old, but tbh it's not that interesting to me.'
03 January friend from California wrote: 'so you start at 16. Eight year difference isn’t much. Even a 50 year difference. You can always start and work to improve dude :) all you need is a little interest. (And don’t be afraid to look for help, maybe one day you can give back) I believe in you.'
30 December scout from australia wrote: 'people like Pablo are the reason why i don't believe i'll ever do anything good with my life, 16 years old and best i can do is wake up at 4pm.'
11 November Mary Hestand from Texas wrote: 'It's remarkable to see Picasso's output for 1937 alone. Just the paintings he made that year would be enough to cement any artist's reputation as a master for life.'
27 September obeido from Texas wrote: 'well picasso work sold 3-4 million back in 1980s now it selling for 100 million plus what make you think that his prints sell for few hundred dollars now the price i am sure it is up there compier to back then -'
22 September Lloyd from Texas wrote: 'Love cats , so going to help with my art exam !'
11 September November from Texas wrote: 'Quarantine boredom has took me here staring at Picasso painting when he was 8. What a gifted person had ever lived!'
17 August Nascan from Bruxelles wrote: 'Bonjour
Ou se trouve l’original de ce tableau « Paul en pierrot »???'
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21 May Roberto Dantas Araújo from :l wrote: 'Onde se localiza atualmente este auto retrato de Picasso com 90 anos de 1972 realizado a
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