(Puits, 1865 – Paris, 1926)
Writer and art critic Gustave Coquiot was a collector of works by Maurice Utrillo and one of the secretaries employed by Auguste Rodin. He wrote the preface to the catalogue accompanying the Exposition de tableaux de F. Iturrino et de P-R. Picasso at Galeries Vollard, the first of Picasso's Parisian exhibitions held in 1901. Picasso dared to characterise him as a grinning lecher with a frieze of women in oriental costume performing an arousing dance behind his head, the suggestive position of his hand on his lap leaving little doubt about what was on his mind.
Oil on canvas
100 x 81 cm
Centre Pompidou, París. Musée national d'Art moderne - Centre de création Industrielle. Adquisició dels Musées nationaux, 1933. JP 652 P