Portrait of Ambroise Vollard is a cubist oil-on-canvas painting created by Pablo Picasso in 1910. It offers a representation of the influential art dealer, Ambroise Vollard, who played an instrumental role in Picasso’s early career as an artist. The portrait depicts Vollard as a calm and pacified almighty god placed in a close stone space, emphasizing his significance to the world of art at that time.
Picasso used shades of nearly monochromatic colors for this artwork, unlike his previous creations that had different bright hues. The massive bald head and bulbous nose are adorned with deep-set downcast eyes and a dark triangle beard that showcases cubism’s abstract formation properties. One intriguing aspect of the portrait is its resemblance to an architectural structure molded from various dissimilar shards with irregular shapes.
The Portrait of Ambroise Vollard holds great significance as it is part of Pablo Picasso’s large oeuvre, which grew to include over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics designs for costumes and theatre sets. Despite its minimalist appearance or perhaps because of it- this piece still amazes connoisseurs worldwide for its departure from traditional painting techniques into the abstractionist realm.