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Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
signed P. Ruiz Picasso (upper right)
charcoal and pastel on paper
21.9 by 14.3cm., 8 5/8 by 5 5/8 in.
Executed in Madrid in 1901.
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Sebastian Junyer-Vidal, Barcelona
Private Collection, Barcelona
Private Collection, London
Sidney & Esther Rabb, Boston
Helene Rabb Cahners (by descent from the above; sale: Sotheby's, New York, 7th May, 2003, lot 186)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


New York, Sidney Janis Gallery; London, O'Hana Gallery; Warwickshire, Stoneleigh Abbey & Geneva, Galerie Motte, Picasso, His Blue Period, Pastels, Watercolours and Drawings from the Junyer Vidal Collection, Barcelona, 1960, no. 18 (as dating from 1900)


Sir Anthony Blunt & Phoebe Pool, Picasso, The Formative Years, London, 1962, no. 54
Pierre Daix & Georges Boudaille, Picasso, The Blue and Rose Periods, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, 1900-06, Greenwich, 1967, no. D.III.6, illustrated p. 137
Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Œuvres de 1892 à 1902, Paris, 1969, vol. 21, no. 184, illustrated pl. 72
Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso, The Early Years, 1881-1907, New York, 1981, no. 533, illustrated p. 218
John Richardson, A Life of Picasso, London, 1991, vol. I, n.n., illustrated p. 185
The Picasso Project, Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture. Turn of the Century, 1900-1901, San Francisco, 2010, no. 1901-054, illustrated p. 112

Catalogue Note

Executed in 1901, soon after Picasso arrived in Madrid, the present work is a portrait of the poet Alberto Lozano - one of the very first people the artist met in the Spanish capital. Alberto contributed frequently to the avant-garde review, Arte Joven, that Picasso founded in Madrid together with his Catalan friend Francesc d'Asis Soler with whom he had associated at Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona. Youthful and revolutionary in spirit, Arte Joven was socially conscious and reflected the bohemian lifestyle of its creators. It was printed almost exclusively in black and white and the illustrations and portraits that Picasso created for the review, such as the present work, were therefore predominantly executed in ink and charcoal for a maximum of tonal contrast and expression. Another work from the series depicts Picasso, flanked by Soler and Lozano together with their collaborators (Fig. 1).

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