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If a self-portrait was collected by Picasso as this one was, there must be a reason beyond remembrance. It's our job to find out what.
Don't take portraits at face value. If they're art, there's always more to them.
Why would a great poet just depict fruit on a platter with no other content or meaning? The answer: they wouldn't.
Great Masterpieces of Western ArtArt loved by all
Learn how to look and what to look for, and how touching is painting
See the miraculous head of Christ in Poussin's painting that no-one but artists has ever noted. The painting is up for sale next week with an estimate of $30 million.
Edouard Manet's MasterpiecesManet's the man who taught me everything
This early painting by Manet has always troubled interpreters because it seems to make no apparent sense. Its explanation here, though, will help you understand paintings by Manet, Velazquez and other artists too.
See how smoke and mirrors turn the outside of Manet's studio into the inside
Pablo Picasso's MasterpiecesWho better to learn from than a modern master?
See how Picasso in "copying" a portrait changes it into an image of his own thought process
How a seated harlequin is so much more than a seated harlequin
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