Picasso’s Claude Writing (1951)

Nothing in Picasso, or poetic art for that matter, is straightforward. Though this appears to be a portrait of Picasso’s son, Claude, writing, it is obviously an alter ego of Picasso himself not writing but drawing

Adult artists often imagine themselves as their own children because, having struggled to become great masters, they symbolize themselves re-born like Christ, as an infant…even if they are not religious. And their own children, naturally, maintain a resemblance. Picasso frequently used the idea, with or without religious reference.

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Picasso, Claude Writing (1951)

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Look carefully at the eye on the right and you will see the profile of a little chick, facing to the left. The visual illusion is typical of Picasso though its meaning is, at least to me, not entirely clear. It is surely intentional.

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Detail and Diagram of Claude Writing

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