Bust of a Man

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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In his early experiments with Cubism, Picasso incorporated non-Western pictorial elements into his work. He looked in particular at Iberian and African sculpture, which he saw on frequent visits to Paris’s ethnographic museum, the Musée d’Ethnographie du Trocadéro. Here, the artist used a deep orange, rust, and brown color palette characteristic of African wood masks. The simplified yet haunting forms of the figure’s face, with its long nose and large lozenge-shaped eyes and mouth, recall the masks of the Dan people in northeastern Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

Bust of a Man, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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