Boy seated, seen from behind 1899
Oil on cabvas
87 x 61 cm,
Price: 15,0 Mio. € plus 10% commission
Mr. J. Palau I Fabre, Barcelona 2003
Mrs. Maya Widmaier Picasso, Paris 2007
„The strength that the body of the boy gains is set with such a forcefulness that makes us think of an Ingres „avant la lettre“ (by Picasso)
J. Palau I Fabre (July 9, 2003)“
The picture of the work on which I am writing is an oil painting on canvas, of 87×61 cm., that shows a naked adolescent, sat from behind on a cubic support and holding an object that is only partly visible, seeming to be a column.
The work is an Academy, although the elements scape to the narrow concept of the academy, confirming that the work‘ s author is Picasso. Undoubtedly, it is a work done in the “Llotja” of Barcelona because of the zenithal light of the circular platform over which the model and the cube are placed and because that the model is absolutely naked. Picasso told me that in Madrid, models used to wear loincloths.
The work has been done with the intention of carrying out a perfect academy, though the artist disobeys the rule in some points, as for example, in the space between the seat and the dark top part, where the paint is scarce and partly, the canvas is still virgin. Though the back is painted with an implausible precision, the left foot is only sketched. The hair is treated, as it is in other academy work of him during the same period, as for example, the num. 110.057 of the Museum Picasso of Barcelona.
He did the part right of the background with a darker layer in order to turn out duller and the body of the boy more lively. The strength that the body of the boy gains is set with such a forcefulness that makes us think of an Ingres “avant la lettre” (by Picasso).
Picasso drew in La Coruña a man on his back who looked alive (Z. VI. 1). Here it seems that he
has achieved the same “performance” but with paint
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Josep Palau i Fabre
Caldes d’Estrac, 9 de Julio de 2003