Modern and Contemporary Art
Self-Portrait with PaletteMade in Europe
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973
Oil on canvas
1950-1-1A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1950
LabelThis was Pablo Picasso's first explicit self-portrait since 1901. It casts the twenty-five-year-old painter as a hardy, athletic figure and sets the stage for the legend of Picasso as the artistic champion of the twentieth century. In drawings for this composition Picasso had included a brush in his right hand. Its absence from the final painting argues that the power of the artist exists independent of his tools.
* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.