One of the most renowned artists in history, Pablo Picasso painted numerous self-portraits throughout his career. Self-Portrait With Uncombed Hair, however, is one that remains a mystery. There is no specific information available about when or why this painting was created.
Picasso’s style developed over time and included various techniques such as analytic cubism in which objects were taken apart and analyzed in terms of their shapes. The National Portrait Gallery’s autumn show features one of Picasso’s famous portraits from 1906 – Self-Portrait with Palette – showing his analytical cubist style.
In contrast to his precise analytical cubist artworks, The Self-Portrait from 1938 shows an almost Surrealistic abstraction of Picasso himself in the act of painting. This unknown age painting shows the great artist as he might have appeared on any day without warning, a momentary depiction without embellishment or judgment.