New York, Park Avenue
19 November 1998
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
dated and numbered '25.10.71.IV' (upper right)
colored felt-tip pens, brush and gray wash on paper
12 x 9 in. (31 x 24.8 cm.)
Drawn on 25 October 1971
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M. Garzonio, "L'Ultimo eros del Picasso segreto," Vivimilano, Milan, September 1996 (illustrated, p. 23).
"Zu den Bildern dieser Beilage," Die Zeit, Literatur, Hamburg, no. 43, 17 October 1997, p. 2 (illustrated, p. 10).
Picasso executed this drawing on his 90th birthday. To celebrate the occasion he depicted himself in the costume of Harlequin, a character from the Italian commedia dell'arte whom he used as a frequent subject in his blue, rose, cubist and classical periods. He wears Harlequin's customary peaked hat; the red triangles refer to the lozenge-shaped design of Harlequin's attire. Refering to his nine decades, Picasso stacked nine horizontal lines in the lower right corner, and his hands have nine or more fingers.
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