Portrait of Daniel Henri Canweiler, Picasso, 1910

Portrait of Daniel Henri Canweiler, Picasso, 1910
Portrait of Daniel Henri Canweiler, Picasso, 1910 - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Institute of the Arts. Chicago
  • Year: 1910

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Daniel Henri Canweiler – Pablo Picasso. 1910. Oil on canvas. 101.1×73.3

   In 1910, Picasso, with unprecedented enthusiasm, created several works in a new, actually created by him aesthetics. Unreconcilable in finding models for portraits, the author is interested in this particular genre, a new vision of a person and his inner world is especially pronounced and unusual in him, the master persuades to pose several of his fellow gallery owners. The Kanweiler among them is the hottest fan of the master’s talent.

   Two-color piling of geometrically accurate figures begins to add up to the portrait in a second. It is not easy for the viewer to “hold” the image that breaks up into its constituent image, as well as to build a real image of the model. But after a few minutes everyone is convinced that the man in the portrait smiles, that his posture gives out some embarrassment, stiffness.

   Incredible, the audience begins to “see” a neatly combed head, an exquisite and impeccable costume. The portrait gradually reveals the character of the hero, the features of his inner attitude.

   The work was sold to an American collector and for a long time pleased only the friends and business partners of the owner. Then the work went to the Chicago Institute of the Arts as a gift from a collector.