Self-portrait with a Palette (1906) by Pablo Picasso

Self-portrait with a Palette - Pablo Picasso - 1906

Artwork Information

TitleSelf-portrait with a Palette
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions39 x 30 cm
Art MovementExpressionism
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art

About Self-portrait with a Palette

The artwork “Self-portrait with a Palette,” created by Pablo Picasso in 1906, is an oil on canvas that stands within the realm of Expressionism. This self-portrait expresses the essence of the artist during that period, which many art historians link to Picasso’s Rose Period. Measuring 39 by 30 cm, it is housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and presents a personal glimpse into the artist’s identity.

The artwork depicts a frontal image of Picasso, his gaze directed outward with a serious, perhaps contemplative, facial expression. He is wearing a simple white shirt, which provides a stark contrast against the dark, muted background. In his left hand, which appears at the forefront of the composition, Picasso clutches a painter’s palette imbued with a few daubs of color, suggesting his relationship with his artistic practice. The brushwork is visible and expressive, consistent with the Expressionist movement, which sought to convey emotion and meaning beyond the superficial reality. The figure appears grounded and solemn, with Picasso’s distinctive facial features rendered considering the period’s stylistic insistence on expressing inner emotions rather than providing photorealistic depictions.

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