Portrait of Jaume Sabartés with ruff and hat by Picasso

Portrait of Jaume Sabartés with ruff and hat by Picasso
Portrait of Jaume Sabartés with ruff and hat by Picasso

We know that this painting was made byPablo Picassoin October 1939 because the author himself dated it next to his signature, and also added that it was made inRoyan, France.

In fact, heJaume Sabartéspainted numerous times, and by that year she was not only one of his best friends, but had become the essential his personal secretary. A companion in many moments of reflection of the artist. In fact, Sabartés himself wrote that on more than one occasion to distract the painter or to get him out of his long monologues, he tells him "I would like to make a portrait of myself in the style of the men of the 16th century". In other words, those portraits of paintings in which very dignified characters can be seen with ruffs like the ones that can appear in works such as the famous Knight with the hand on his chest by El Greco or noblemen wearing period hats, as in classic Holbein portraiture.


Jaume Sabartés with a ruff and hat by Picasso

And whenSabartésconfessed such a wish to the painter, he replied that one day he would do it. And although he had to wait a long time, he finally did it and this is the result. A portrait that conveys the friendship between both characters, who had a lot of affection for each other and also played jokes constantly.

This friendship had been cemented many years before.Both had met as two young apprentices. One as a poet and the other as a painter, and like many future artists of Barcelona at the end of the century and beginning of the 20th, they frequented the Café El Quatre Gats.

Then his paths parted,Picassogoing to Paris and Sabartés toGuatemalawhere he lived for many years. However, in 1935 the poet settled in the capital of France and they quickly regained friendship and would become the best biographer of the artist, and an excellent public relations, in the sense that he publicized his work to perfection.

It is in this context of friendship that the work must be understood, which, on the other hand, adheres to the style of that moment in the variable aesthetic sequence of Picasso. Since for these years he loves to distort the traits of his characters, knowing how to maintain his unmistakable identity signs at the same time.

Today the work is in thePicasso Museum in Barcelona, in whose creation Sabartés himself was very actively involved, who also ended up donating his private collection to this museum in the Catalan capital.

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