The Artist's Sister Lola

The Artist's Sister Lola

1899-1900

Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 62.5 x 54 x 8 cm (24 5/8 x 21 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 46.7 x 37.5 cm (18 3/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David S. Ingalls 1966.377

Description

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.

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