In connection with, or soon after, his first solo exhibition at the principal meeting place of the Barcelona avant-garde, the bohemian tavern Els Quatre Gats, Picasso made a set of small caricatures of the prominent members of the informal club. This self-portrait announces the eighteen-year-old as a mature artist working in a sophisticated Art Nouveau style.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink, upper left: YO
Santiago Juliá, Barcelona (by 1955); C. Michael Paul, New York (until d. 1980); his sister, Dr. Raymonde Paul, New York (1980–82; her gift to MMA)
Barcelona. Els Quatre Gats. "Exhibitions of Drawings by Pablo Picasso," February 1900, no catalogue [possibly this picture].
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Kunstmuseum Bern. "Der Junge Picasso: Frühwerk und Blaue Periode," December 6, 1984–February 17, 1985, no. 84.
Charleroi. Palais des Beaux-Arts. "Picasso, Miró, Dalí: Évocations d'Espagne," September 24–December 22, 1985, no. 8.
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Lisa Messinger. "Picasso Portrait Drawings: Barcelona 1899–1900." Drawing: The International Review published by the Drawing Society 8 (November 1986), pp. 73–75, fig.1.
John Richardson with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully. A Life of Picasso. Vol. 1, 1881–1906. New York, 1991, p. 148, ill.
"Lives of the Artists: Strong Gazing." Economist (October 26, 1991), p. 148, ill.
Kirk Varnedoe inPicasso and Portraiture: Representation and Transformation. Ed. William Rubin. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1996, p. 120, ill.
Brigitte Leal, Christine Piot, and Marie-Laure Bernadac. The Ultimate Picasso. New York, 2000, pp. 38, 502, fig.47.