(in chronological order)

Albrecht Dürer:
Self-portrait as an Ecce Homo, c.1500

Leonardo da Vinci:
Self-portrait, c.1512

Rembrandt van Rijn:
Self-portrait, 1659

Vincent van Gogh:
Self-portrait with bandaged ear, 1889

Pablo Picasso:
Self-portrait, 1901

Egon Schiele:
Self-portrait, 1911

Max Beckmann:
Self-portrait with glass of champagne, 1919

Frida Kahlo:
The broken column (Self-portrait), 1944

Francis Bacon:
Self-portrait, 1971

Jean-Michelle Basquiat:
Self-portrait, 1982


“Self-portrait”, 1901

oil on canvas, 81-60 cm., Paris, Musée Picasso

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Pablo Picasso: self-portrait, 1901

Picasso arrived in Paris just before turning 20, and his beginnings in the French capital were not easy. Alone and with economic difficulties, the young genius wandered by the huge metropolis immersed in the Bohemian atmosphere of the city. Prostitutes, alcoholics, tramps… Picasso began to depict the world in which he was living, creating a melancholic universe of blue tones filled with phantasmagoric and pale figures. It was the beginning of his so-called “Blue Period”.

This self-portrait is not the first that Picasso painted, but it is one of first works of the Blue Period. The work was painted shortly after the suicide of his friend Carlos Casagemas, committed when Picasso was still a stranger in the immense Paris . The calm and serenity of the portrayed, the austerity of the work, and the bohemian look of the moustached figure, impart the image of a brave and decided artist who could easily find his way in spite of all difficulties he could find in it.


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