Portrait of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso

Portrait of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso - 1

  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: 1905-1906

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Gertrude Stein – Pablo Picasso. 1905-1906. Oil on canvas. 100×81.3

   Portraying the famous American writer Gertrude Stein, Picasso was on his way to the next new period in his work and the whole direction in painting. “I do not portray the world as I see it, but as I think it is,” the artist said.

   He painted the portrait of Stein, looking for him alone in the image of his model, then led him, rewrote an odd number of times and stopped this work, saying in the end to the writer: “I stop seeing you when I look at you.”. As a result of this “disappearance”, that is, an appeal not so much to the real appearance of the depicted person as to his mental eyes, Picasso created an interesting image: in front of the viewer himself begins to lay out on certain parts, which form, in turn, a complex volumetric composition. All this portended cubism, a new direction in painting, in which the artist will begin to work some time later.

   Picasso was distracted from the appearance of the portraised. The writer said, seeing a finished portrait, that she was not like herself. But the artist accurately conveyed her strong, solid character. The face of the depicted resembles the faces of ancient statues, with almost empty eye sockets like them, because of which Stein seems to be looking from within himself, all-seeing.