Portrait of Jaime Sabartes (The bock)

By Pablo Picasso SKU:190180

Pablo Picasso's ""Portrait of Jaime Sabartes"" (The bock) was painted in 1939. This captivating artwork is particularly special because it depicts Picasso's close friend and secretary, Jaime Sabartes. The painting showcases Picasso's profound emotional connection with Sabartes and his mastery of the Cubist style. Through bold brushstrokes and fragmented forms, Picasso conveys both the inner complexity of Sabartes' personality and the artist's own visionary approach. The portrait's significance lies in its intimate portrayal of friendship and its timeless testament to Picasso's artistic brilliance in capturing the essence of a person on canvas.

50 cm

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Title: “”Pablo Picasso’s Intimate Portrait: The Bock (1939)””

Year Painted: 1939

Pablo Picasso’s “”Portrait of Jaime Sabartes,”” popularly known as “”The Bock,”” is an iconic masterpiece that holds profound historical and artistic significance. Painted in 1939, this artwork stands as a testament to Picasso’s exceptional talent and his ability to capture the complexity of human emotions through his brushstrokes.

Jaime Sabartes, a close friend, and secretary to Picasso, served as the subject of this extraordinary portrait. Picasso’s deep affection and admiration for Sabartes are evident in the intimate portrayal that showcases the artist’s emotional connection to his friend. The name “”The Bock”” possibly references a pub or cafe where Sabartes and Picasso frequented, adding a touch of personal symbolism to the artwork.

This painting belongs to Picasso’s Cubist period, a revolutionary movement that challenged traditional art conventions. Through fragmented forms and intricate brushwork, Picasso sought to explore multiple perspectives of his subjects, presenting their inner complexities and emotions in a groundbreaking manner.

“”The Bock”” stands out from other portraits of the time due to its emotional depth and the revelation of the sitter’s personality. Picasso skillfully blends shades of blue and green to bring out Sabartes’ introspective and contemplative nature. The carefully crafted facial features and mesmerizing eyes exude a sense of mystery, inviting the viewer to delve into the sitter’s thoughts and emotions.

Beyond its artistic brilliance, this portrait also symbolizes the profound friendship between Picasso and Sabartes. As a confidant and supporter, Sabartes played a crucial role in Picasso’s life and artistic journey. This painting immortalizes their bond, reflecting the trust and companionship they shared.

Today, “”The Bock”” is a treasured piece in art history, exhibited in renowned galleries worldwide, and admired for its profound portrayal of friendship and Picasso’s unrivaled mastery of the Cubist style. Art enthusiasts and historians continue to study the painting, unraveling its hidden nuances and appreciating the depth of emotions conveyed through its abstract forms.

In conclusion, Pablo Picasso’s “”Portrait of Jaime Sabartes”” (The Bock) is an exceptional artwork that encapsulates the artist’s ingenuity and emotional connection with his sitter. Painted in 1939 during Picasso’s Cubist period, this intimate portrait stands as a timeless testament to the power of art in capturing human emotions and immortalizing cherished relationships. Its enduring significance in the art world makes it a cherished and revered masterpiece.

Original size:
66 x 82 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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