Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Peintre et son modele ’, 1970, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Peintre et son modele ’, 1970, Fairhead Fine Art Limited
Pablo Picasso, ‘Le Peintre et son modele ’, 1970, Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Authenticity: The buyer obtains a certificate by Maya Picasso, the artists daughter, dated at Paris 30th June 2010
Note: Maya Picasso’s certificate states that this intimate portrait off the painter and his model is a classic work made by the hand of her father. Certainly Picasso returned again and again to the complex erotic relationship between an artist and his model. This instance shows a small , elderly bald and bespectacled man accompanied by his playful and vibrant much larger and young female model. (who wears a wistful grin). The piece is not without humour.
The artist in this work resembles Jaume Sabartes (1881 - 1968). Sabartes was a poet and lifelong friend of Picasso’s. He lived with him and worked as his secretary and business manager for many years. Throughout their relationship Picasso treated his friend as the butt of many jokes - often cruel and caustic. His portraits often showed the poet as a short bald headed man failing to impress women, or, equally often, attired in ridiculous 16th century costume with a sword and ruff. Poor Sabartes had to endure a lot!
We have looked at the Online Picasso Project for similar material. Our drawing is not illustrated there but there is another drawing, in Indian Ink and made on the same day, showing what seems to be the same artist painting (OPP.70.233). This portrait is more flattering to the subject. He stands upright without his spectacles and, although corpulent, and bald, looks a bit more energetic than the figure in our drawing.

Signature: signed in pencil

Old Spanish Collection: Purchased in the 1970’s

About Pablo Picasso

A prolific and tireless innovator of art forms, Pablo Picasso impacted the course of 20th-century art with unparalleled magnitude. Inspired by African and Iberian art and developments in the world around him, Picasso contributed significantly to a number of artistic movements, notably Cubism, Surrealism, Neoclassicism, and Expressionism. Along with Georges Braque, Picasso is best known for pioneering Cubism in an attempt to reconcile three-dimensional space with the two-dimensional picture plane, once asking, “Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face, or what’s behind it?” Responding to the Spanish Civil War, he painted his most famous work, Guernica (1937), whose violent images of anguished figures rendered in grisaille made it a definitive work of anti-war art. “Painting is not made to decorate apartments,” he said. “It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” Picasso’s sizable oeuvre includes over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs.

Spanish, 1881-1973, Malaga, Spain, based in Paris and Mougins, France