(Paris, 1881 – Sanary-sur-Mer, 1969)
A poet and a literary journalist who Picasso met at the Bateau-Lavoir, André Salmon formed the core of the bande à Picasso along with Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob. His major art historical treatises include La Jeune Peinture française (1912) and La Jeune Sculpture française (1914). In 1916 he organised the show entitled L’Art Moderne en France staged at Salon d'Antin, where Les Demoiselles d'Avignon were displayed in public for the first time. Salmon's relationship with Picasso deteriorated in 1937, when the former accepted the position of war correspondent for Le Petit Parisien in support of General Franco. He inspired numerous caricatures that drew attention to his memorable jutting profile, hunched posture and long fine hands. Picasso fixed on those defining traits and on the gauche and clumsy gestures that were ‘a mark of his shyness.
Portrait of André Salmon
Charcoal on laid paper
62,6 x 40,5 cm
Musée national Picasso-Paris. MP2000-2(r)