Self portrait, Pablo Picasso, 1901

Self portrait, Pablo Picasso, 1901
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  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Picasso National Museum. Paris
  • Year: 1901

Overview of the painting :

Self portrait – Pablo Picasso. 1901. Oil on canvas. 81×60

   More than thirty times, the great artist wrote his own portraits. If you wanted, something in common can be found in each of them, but if there were no photographs of the master, we would not have known how he really looked.

   Every picture for an artist is not only a reproduction of the world around us, but also an introduction of oneself into this world. For such a difficult, complex and special artist as Picasso, a self-portrait is a way to convey your inner sensations and your creative program to special, key moments of your life.

   The 1901 self-portrait is the beginning of a depressed “blue” period. At this time, the artist is experiencing the first crisis in his life, his searches do not find a response among the people. He cannot sell a single job, his state of mind borders on complete despair. This always happens with a creative person, whose vision of the world is in no way consistent with traditions and aesthetic views prevailing in society. Well, artists are often ahead of their time.

   The cold blue background color is replaced by a dark blue cloak and black hair and hero beards. This cold whirlwind of colors captures the viewer and indicates the path to deciphering the author’s idea. The hero’s face becomes the center of work: almost white, lifeless, frozen. The skin is pulled on the skull, swollen cheeks, tight-fitting bloodless lips. A tight, costly look, a tightly buttoned cloak – everything testifies to creative loneliness, detachment from the alien and cold world.

   In the simplicity of the lines, the cloak is already guessed by the “new” Picasso, and the face drawn carefully rather represents the outgoing aesthetics of the master. This transitional phase, bearing so much suffering for the artist, is the subject of the author’s image.