International Masters

Pablo Picasso

Portrait à la Tache Jaune

Stamped wool carpet
60.24 x 90.55 in.
Edition of 20
Marie Cuttoli & Lucie Weill edition
Exhibited on Picasso: Peintre d'objets / Objets de peintre, Musée d'art moderne, Céret et Musée d'art et d'industrie André Diligent, Roubaix, France (2004)
A similar reproduction is catalogued on the exhibition Picasso: Peintre d'objets / Objets de peintre, pp. 225, no. 338
Provenance: acquired at Lombrail-Teucquam: Maison de Ventes, Paris, France

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Diego José Ruiz Picasso, was born in Malaga Spain, on October 25, 1881. He was the first son of the marriage between José Ruiz Blasco and María Picasso López; It was not his skills as a student that made him stand out, but rather his ease for drawing that made gave him notoriety from a very young age. His father's work led him to move frequently, first to La Coruña and then to Barcelona. He began his painting studies at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid, in 1896; when he was 15, he opened his first workshop in Barcelona.

Success came around when he was 17, when he was awarded an Honorable Mention, thanks to his work Ciencia y Caridad, during the Great Exhibition of Madrid, and he also presented his first individual exhibit at a gallery in Barcelona. He had the opportunity to visit Paris in 1900 to observe the Universal Exhibition; a year later he started what is known as his "blue period". He showcases his first works from that era the following year and moves to Paris in 1904.

In 1907 he painted Las Señoritas de Avignon, an experimental work featuring the masterful lines of Cubism. When the World War began in 1914, he left Cubism behind, and in 1917, when he was assigned to perform the stage decorations of the Eric Satie Parade Ballet, he assumed the responsibility with great pride. He married Olga Klochlova, a dancer with whom he had his firstborn child. The relationship ended later on because of Picasso’s new romance, with whom he had a second child. Later, love reappeared in his life through Dora Maar.

In 1937 he painted Guernica in Paris; he was then forced to work for most of the time of World War II at his place of refuge in Royan. He joined the French Communist Party in 1944 and became the father of two children with painter Françoise Guillot. His love life took its course, this time in 1957 with Jacqueline Roqué and with whom he stayed until the day of his death in 1973.

Sources: biografiacortade (web).

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