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

Self-portrait with a Palette - PICASSO, Pablo - 1906 - 2

Artwork Information

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

Pablo Picasso painted Self-Portrait with Palette in 1906, during his experimentation with ancient art. The painting is known for being pre-cubist, but it was created after his blue period. In the painting, Picasso depicted himself holding a palette and brush in his left hand, which he later decided to remove from the final version.

This self-portrait shows the evolution of Picasso’s style as an artist. He often used self-portraits to reflect his artistic progression throughout his career. At age 25, when he created this painting, he was already a well-established artist.

It’s also interesting to note that Picasso’s evolving style contributed significantly to the rise of Surrealism and Expressionism. His later work depicts biomorphic figuration; for example, Self-Portrait from 1938 shows a figure in the act of painting with fluid shapes and vibrant colors.

Overall, Self-Portrait with Palette provides an insightful look into Pablo Picasso’s artistic evolution at a young age. It reminds us that even iconic artists go through phases and continue to develop their craft throughout their lives.


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