- Pablo Picasso
- Buste d'homme
- Signed Picasso and dated 2.8.67. (toward lower left)
- Brush and ink and ink wash on paper
Acquired from the above circa 1969
The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, The Sixties II, 1964-1967, San Francisco, 2002, no. 67-322, illustrated p. 377
Picasso’s exploration of self-image in his art is summarized by Simonetta Fraquelli: “In their seventeenth-century garb, Picasso’s musketeers appear in many guises, some holding swords and some wearing wigs or ornate shoes, others smoking. Some are young, others old, some participate while others are voyeurs. They represent many of the possible ages of the artist, ranging from a child genius to an impotent old man. Like Rembrandt, with whom he now became obsessed, Picasso liked to insert himself into his paintings, in one guise or another. The parallels between the two masters, the Dutchman and the Spaniard, are many: both enjoyed a long and fulfilling career; both felt isolated and misunderstood, if not derided, in their old age; and both obsessively recorded their own decline in their numerous self-portraits” (Simonetta Fraquelli, “Looking at the Past to Defy the Present: Picasso’s Painting, 1946-1973,” in Picasso, Challenging the Past, London, 2009, p. 146).