Portrait of William Ude, Pablo Picasso, 1910
- Posted by Pablo Picasso
- Museum: Joseph Pulitzer Private Collection. USA
- Year: 1910
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of William Ude – Pablo Picasso. 1910. Oil on canvas. 81 x 60 cm
Portraits created by the great master at this time are recognized as the pinnacle of the development of cubism. Wilhelm Ude at the beginning of the 20th century had a reputation as a discoveror of new names in art. His critical articles attracted the attention of the public to new areas in art, deciphered the intricate techniques of contemporary artists, their ideology and creative program. Grateful artists gladly wrote portraits of their “impresario”. Picasso was no exception.
The portrait clearly appears in geometric elements. In a characteristic manner – poor color, muffled and inexpressive tones, illusoryness, subtext – the author gives us an image of a person without a doubt smart and scrupulous in all manifestations. A slightly caricature image only emphasizes the informal and friendly relations of the model and the artist. The author ironicates over the pedantic nature of his hero: the impeccable collar of the shirt is grabbed with the same impeccable tie, carefully invited hair pierces the fence, a hard and clear line of the lips completes the portrait.
A small background detail – a paper rectangle nailed to the wall – again focuses on the character features of Ude, symbolizes its indestructible passion for accuracy, order and specificity.