Self portrait, Pablo Picasso, 1907
- Posted by Pablo Picasso
- Museum: National Gallery (Prague)
- Year: 1907
Overview of the painting :
Self portrait – Pablo Picasso. 1907. Oil on canvas. 50×46
Pablo Picasso wrote quite a few of his own images and, interestingly, in different artistic styles. The presented self-portrait was created in the so-called African period. By this time, the creative manner of the master has undergone significant changes, becoming very unexpected and innovative for his time. In 1905, under the impression of the painting of Cezanne, he sought to give forms more simplicity, material weight and significance. These trends intensified during a trip to Andorra in the summer of 1906, where Picasso first turned to primitivism, sensory and formal. By 1907, the most famous and innovative works of this period of creativity were already created – “Naked” and “Avignon Girls” (both are now at the Museum of Modern Art in New York).
The image that the painter created is very unusual. He ruthlessly turned his face shape into geometric blocks, deliberately exaggerating and chopping off the appearance. Working with a hard line, Picasso robs the picture of lightness, the catchy and abstract dark red background enhances the flatness and expressiveness of the self-portrait. A sad, serious and alarmed-injured person looks from the picture, it seems that some hidden pain turns his face into a mask behind which he tries to hide his deeply vulnerable soul. “He who is sad is sincere,” the artist believed.