Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
oil on canvas, Framed: 62.50 x 54.00 x 8.00 cm (24 9/16 x 21 1/4 x 3 1/8 inches); Unframed: 46.70 x 37.50 cm (18 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David S. Ingalls 1966.377
Picasso painted this portrait of his sister when he was about 18 years old and just discovering avant-garde art through his association with the modernista artists of the Els 4 Gats (Four Cats) café in Barcelona. The evocative colors and melting forms suggest the influence of El Greco, a painter abhorred by academics but admired by Spanish modernists. Lola's mantilla may allude to the family's Andalusian roots in southern Spain.