Sunday, August 30, 2009

art imitates literature

i do not know if pablo picasso read 'crime and punishment' but why wouldn't he? this portrait of jaime sabartes reminds me so much of the protagonist of dostoevsky's novel. the character of 'raskolnikov' is destitute, anguished, terrified, and murderous. yet, when one first becomes acquainted with him one surely senses his appeal. a great author? oh yes, but somehow it is clear that even a person so deranged as this can still be brought to truth and light.

image: jaime sabartes, 1901. jaime was picasso's long time private secretary. between them they contributed over 1500 works of picasso's art to the museum in barcelona.

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