"Portrait of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso
Description of the picture:
Portrait of Gertrude Stein – Pablo Picasso. 1905-1906. Canvas, oil. 100×81,3
Portraying a Famous South American Writer Gertrude Stein, Picasso (1881-1973) was on the way to the next brand new period in his own work and a whole direction in painting. “I do not depict the world as I see it, but as I think it is,” the painter said.
Stein portrait he, searching in the form of his own model for the one that was then known to him, rewrote countless times and finished this work, finally telling the writer: “I stop creating you when I look at you.” As a result of this “invisibility”, in other words, an appeal not so much to the real face of the person being portrayed as to his own mental gaze, Picasso made a fascinating image: he, on the eyes of the viewer, begins to decompose itself into separate parts, which, in turn, form a complex volumetric composition. All this predicted cubism, a new direction in painting, in which the painter would begin to work some time later.
Picasso distracted from the appearance portrayed. The writer said, having seen a finished portrait, that she was not like herself. But the painter accurately conveyed her strong, integral character. The face of the depicted resembles the faces of ancient statues, with the same, almost empty eye sockets as theirs, because of which Stein seems to be looking inside himself, all-seeing."