Portrait of Ambroise Vollar, Picasso, 1910

Portrait of Ambroise Vollar, Picasso, 1910
Portrait of Ambroise Vollar, Picasso, 1910 - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin
  • Year: 1910

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Ambroise Vollar – Pablo Picasso. 1910. Oil on canvas. 92×65

   Who such a Wallar was known to most European artists of the early 20th century. Businessman, merchant, entrepreneur. His circle of business interests was associated with works of art. Vollar knew how to find talents, buy pictures from them in bulk, advertise “genia” in the best galleries and salons, and then sell work at the off-road.

   The artists depended on the mood of their “investor”, some dreamed that Wallar noticed them, others did everything possible to be useful to him.

   Picasso of the Blue and Pink era was Wallar’s favorite. But as soon as the great master entered the wrong ground of innovation and experiment, he immediately lost the location of the businessman, who could not be sure that new works would bring profit. Too unusual and revolutionary. Investors have always been distinguished by caution.

   It all started with a portrait of Wallard. Picasso portrayed a businessman in his new manner. The word “cubism” has not yet become an offense of art historians, and society was very wary and in doubt about the work of new artists.

   The model criticized the portrait, but accepted the work as a gift (several years passed and this work was bought by the famous Russian philanthropist and collector Schukin for a tidy amount).

   The viewer sees Wallard as if reflected in a cracked mirror. Each splinter reflects part of the whole image and at the same time reveals this image from a new perspective. In this work, the viewer has to understand not two or three plans, as in ordinary work, but in a dozen different plans – near and far, each of which is important.

   An easy face with an investor. Moody face, heavy jaw, broken nose. Before us is not a sophisticated connoisseur and connoisseur of art. On the contrary, it is a flip and stubborn fighter who is not used to giving in and knows exactly what he wants from life.

   The whole picture is subject to a strict rhythm. The color scheme does not distract from the main thing – from the model itself, its mood, internal mood, energy.

   When Cubism became a respected and sought-after direction of painting, Vollar resumed cooperation with Picasso. True, now he had to be content with very little profit, the purchase price has changed a lot.