Description & Technical information

The singularity of this painting depicting a Mediterranean landscape lies in the Arcimboldesque human face in the background.

Indeed, only sharp eyes will be able to see a hidden portrait with a le eye, eyebrows, a protruding cheekbone, a nose and a mustache. Picasso doubled the line of the forehead with blue and added white at the back,
figuring a silvery hair ; most likely a self-portrait.
During the sixties, Picasso used the same profile and mustache for self-representations, often entitled "The Artist and his Model". In 1961, Picasso moved with Jacqueline Roque, his last wife, to his new villa Notre-Dame-de-vie, in a small village called Mougins, near Cannes, where the hills far from any civilization deeply inspired him.

It is only during the end of his life that Picasso started to paint  landscapes, either unique or in series of four or eight works. They exclusively represent views that are familiar and close to him, landscapes that he can see from his window. Nevertheless, the public knows only one other anthropomorphic landscape entitled Paysage aux deux
figures dating back to 1908, kept at the Musée Picasso in Paris and representing, like the face in profile, two characters hidden in a  landscape.

Date:  20.04.1963
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Suisse
Medium: Oil on original canvas

Signed lower right : Picasso. Dated on the back : 20.04.63
Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr Claude Ruiz-Picasso dated February 25th, 2016.

Dimensions: 81 x 130 cm (31⁷/₈ x 51¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Alex Maguy, Elysée Gallery, Paris, 1969.
Label on the back.
Bo and Margareta Lindh, Stockholm, acquired in 1969 from the gallery above and remained in this collection since then.

Literature: Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, Oeuvres de 1962-1963, Tome XXIII,
Cahiers d'art Editions, Paris, 1971, illustrated under the n°214, p.101.
Hélène Parmelin, Picasso, Notre Dame De Vie, secrets d'alcôve d'un atelier, Editions Cercle d'Art Paris, 1966, p.77.
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Pablo Picasso, Exhibition Catalogue, 1988-1989, listed under the n°88, p.238.
The Picasso Project, Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings & Sculpture : The Sixties, Part I, 1960-1963, Alan Wosfy Fine Arts, San
Francisco, 2002, illustrated under the n°63-103, p.359.

Exhibitions: Pablo Picasso, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, October 15th 1988 - January 8th 1989. Label on the back.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints