The Guitarist


Pablo Picasso ( Spanish, 1881 - 1973 )

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A life-size musician with large, clumsy hands, disjointed body parts, and wide, piercing eyes strums a guitar. An equally arresting head in the lower left corner is thought to be a self-portrait of the artist and a kind of visual signature for the aging Pablo Picasso. Picasso’s friend Hélène Parmelin recounted Picasso’s personal relationship with the series of paintings from which this work came: “In the studio, the eyes of the canvases, by the way they had of staring into ours from deep inside those painted heads . . . , never ceased asking us questions. . . . We would look at the canvases straight in the eyes. We played at giving our opinions of the man in front of us.”