(Barcelona, 1881 – Central America ?, 1939)
The sculptor Mateu Fernández de Soto was one of the earliest friends Picasso made in Barcelona. They met through Jaume Sabartés in 1899, and both artists would regularly visit Els Quatre Gats Art Nouveau tavern that opened in 1897. The de Soto brothers were fair game for Picasso’s caricatures. Mateu was reputedly the antithesis of his brother in looks and character –small, frail and shabby, diligent, reserved and prone to melancholy- His brother Àngel, tall and lanky, elegant and bon vivant and a regular of Barcelona’s brothels, is represented with a phallic neck.
The brothers Mateu and Àngel Fernández de Soto with Anita
Conté crayon, blue coloured pencil and watercolour on paper
31 x 23,7 cm (irregular)
Aportació de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona, 1963. MPB 50.498