Portrait of Josep Cardona

By Pablo Picasso SKU:190135

Pablo Picasso's 'Portrait of Josep Cardona' is a remarkable painting, created in 1917 during his Cubist phase. It stands out for its innovative portrayal of Cardona, a close friend of Picasso. Through geometric shapes and overlapping planes, Picasso challenged traditional portraiture, capturing multiple perspectives simultaneously. The artwork is special because it embodies the essence of Cubism, revolutionizing modern art and influencing countless artists. It epitomizes Picasso's artistic daring and his ability to distill complex emotions onto canvas, leaving an indelible mark on the art world.

63 cm

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Title: “”Pablo Picasso’s Masterpiece: Portrait of Josep Cardona””

Year Painted: 1917

Pablo Picasso, the legendary Spanish artist, created his iconic masterpiece, “”Portrait of Josep Cardona,”” in the year 1917. This remarkable artwork is a testament to Picasso’s revolutionary Cubist phase, a style that reshaped the course of modern art.

The painting portrays Josep Cardona, one of Picasso’s close friends and confidants. Unlike traditional portraiture, where artists aimed to represent their subjects with naturalism and accuracy, Picasso boldly defied convention. He embraced the Cubist movement, which sought to depict subjects from multiple viewpoints simultaneously, fracturing forms into geometric shapes and overlapping planes.

In “”Portrait of Josep Cardona,”” Picasso disassembles and reassembles his friend’s features, creating a collage-like composition that challenges viewers to engage with the artwork on a deeper level. The painting presents Cardona’s face from various angles, capturing the complexity of his personality and the shifting dynamics of human emotions. The disjointed forms and vibrant colors further intensify the emotional impact, inviting contemplation and introspection.

The year 1917 is significant in Picasso’s artistic journey, as it marks a crucial moment in his transition towards a more radical style of Cubism known as “”Analytical Cubism.”” This period saw Picasso delving deeper into the fragmentation of forms, exploring the underlying structures of objects and individuals. “”Portrait of Josep Cardona”” exemplifies this shift, as Picasso experiments with bold geometric shapes, intricate patterns, and a subdued color palette to deconstruct and rebuild the human face in an innovative and thought-provoking manner.

Beyond its technical brilliance, the painting holds immense sentimental value. Picasso’s close relationship with Cardona imbues the artwork with a sense of intimacy and personal connection. It serves as a visual representation of their friendship and the emotional bond between artist and subject, making it an exceptional and cherished piece in Picasso’s oeuvre.

The impact of “”Portrait of Josep Cardona”” extends beyond its creation, influencing generations of artists and leaving an indelible mark on the art world. Its radical departure from traditional portraiture and its daring exploration of form and perspective paved the way for modern art movements and encouraged artists to break free from established norms.

In conclusion, Pablo Picasso’s “”Portrait of Josep Cardona,”” painted in 1917, is a truly special masterpiece that exemplifies the revolutionary spirit of Cubism. Its innovative portrayal, emotional depth, and profound influence on art history make it an exceptional and timeless artwork, forever capturing the essence of Picasso’s artistic genius and his enduring impact on the world of art.

Original size:
63 x 100 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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